“Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10

Do you find yourself so caught up in the rush of living that you can scarcely remember what day it is? If so, there’s a lesson to learn from the prayer of an old country preacher:

“Slow me down, Lord! Slow me down. Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind. Steady my hurried pace with a vision of the eternal reaches of time. Slow me down, Lord! Break the tension of my nerves and muscles with the soothing music of the singing streams. Help me know the magic-restoring power of sleep and faith in Thee. Slow me down, Lord! Remind me each day that the race is not always to the swift; that there is more to life than increasing its speed. Slow me down, Lord! Amen.”

Be still for only then can you hear God’s voice. Times of quietness are part of His natural laws. As thread breaks on a sewing machine when the tension is too tight, so we must learn to ease the tensions of daily living or we’ll break under the stress. Our health is a trust from God. Is it right to abuse constantly that trust? God’s natural laws are as binding as His spiritual laws. God has not promised to spare you from difficulty. Why? God allows trials because He knows these things will drive us to Himself and teach us that when He gives peace, no one can make trouble. When we are weak, God does not say to be strong but to be still. He says, “Be still and know Me—a person—God, who is life himself.” “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15, NKJV). When you are still, you become a candidate to seek and find His unfailing strength.

— This excerpt is taken from Strength for Today written by Harold J. Sala and published by OMF Literature Inc. To get the full devotional in print or digital format, please visit any OMF Lit and Passages Bookshop or go to www.passages.com.ph.