For many, Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday of the year. The focus is not commercial, but gathering with family and friends to give thanks, to celebrate the joys we have in life. Still, especially for those who do the preparation or are traveling, it is stressful.
One of the things many of us have difficulty doing is focusing on the One to Whom we give thanks. We won’t find the time to do this during these hectic weeks, we have to make time, to make it a priority.
It is so easy to make this time of year about us or of worldly things. Black Friday, seasonal decorating and all of that.
It is especially important during this time of year that we make the time to implement this line from Psalm 46:10:
|“Be still, and know that I am God”|
“Still”, in the Hebrew is “raphah,” meaning “slacken.” We need to step away from the din of the world for focused, concentrated time on and with God.
The Hebrew for “God” used here is “Eloheem”, “supreme being.”
This is not only a time that we must talk to God (prayer), but equally or more important, listen to God. During the calmest of times, we often find it difficult to hear God speaking to us. Is it because He isn’t speaking? Or is it because we are simply too involved with other things that we don’t listen?
This is the season of giving… giving thanks and praise. It is the Advent, the celebration of the coming of our Lord and Savior.
It should also be a time of doing! To know what we are called to do, we must listen.
To listen, to hear: “Be still, and know that I am God.”
Alive in The Word