On the front cover of my Christmas cards this year is the verse from Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God”. The Hebrew word for “still” means to be silent or to be inactive. I really like this mental picture of being still or silent at Christmas. It makes me think of the Christmas Carol, “Silent Night”. Think with me the beginning of the verse:
“Silent Night, Holy Night
All is Calm, All is Bright”.
Unfortunately, during the Christmas hustle and bustle, we are neither still, silent or calm. We tend to overextend ourselves during the Christmas season. In our own lives, still becomes busy, silent becomes noisy and calm becomes hectic. I am glad that during the first Christmas, the shepherds were not too busy to visit the Christ Child; the stable was not too noisy to be the delivery room for a Holy King; or the events surrounding the birth of the Messiah were not too hectic to change the minds of Mary and Joseph to raise the Son of God.
What words would God describe your Christmas?
Is God telling you to be still, silent or calm?
Is He asking you to stop being busy, noisy and hectic so as to allow Him to be God this Christmas?
Slow down this Christmas and come, adore Him.