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We live in a restless world. Everything seems to be in perpetual motion. Ever notice the TV commercials? Don’t even try to keep up with their kaleidoscopic imagery. Psychologists claim that such disconnected images have produced seizures in some individuals. Even the feature presentations reflect the troubled state of our society. You could run out of nouns and adjectives in trying to describe our restless, fidgety, agitated, ever-changing, many-sided, uncertain, unstable, fitful, erratic, dysfunctional existence.

Ever wish you could just put on the brakes, or at least slow down? They advertise pills for these problems. But the pills don’t always work, and look at all the side-effects. They really don’t fix the problems.

If you feel like you need a different prescription, try this one: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Want something better than a pill to put you to sleep at night? I can tell you what works for me. “Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still” (Psalm 4:4).

Try Switching Channels

If you seem locked in on one channel of thought when you lie down at night, try switching channels. Think on the great themes of the Bible. Of course, you’ll need to read and study them in order to know them. I’ve memorized Psalm 91, among others. The whole chapter has only sixteen verses. I usually fall asleep before my thoughts reach the last verse.

Above all, ask God to help you. Remember, God is only a prayer away. But God usually answers in a still, small voice. Things need to be really quiet in order to hear Him.

Just be still and listen.

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By Bob DuBose. Copyright © 2014 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.


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