Be Still and Know that I am God–on being a Christian during stressful and troubled times

We’re coming up on the end of the calendar year, which is one of the busiest times of year for pretty much everyone as holidays approach.  In addition to the normal holiday stress, the last few years have been filled with economic, political, and environmental troubles.  It’s really easy to get distracted and forget about what’s really important when we’re so busy and there are so many things vying for our attention.  Here’s a short Bible study I did with my young adult group about this phenomena.  It’s designed to be more meditative or devotional than a traditional Bible study–similar to the Lectio Divina or African methods of Bible study.  It can be done in a group or by yourself.

Pray: for guidance, open hearts and minds, any prayer concerns.

Read Psalm 46

a.       Silence for reflection

b.      What word did you hear?

Stress and troubled times.

a.       What are our troubles?  What are we afraid of?  What is changing/shaking in our lives?  How does that reflect our relationship with God?

b.      There are several sets of metaphors in this psalm—military, political, environmental, as well as allusions to our heritage (our God is the God worshipped by our ancestors, such as Jacob).  How do these metaphors strike you?  How do they make you feel?  What do they mean to you?

c.       What does it mean that the Lord of Hosts is with us?  What does it mean that God is our refuge?  Do we take advantage of that refuge?  Why/why not?  What does it mean to “be still and know that I am God?”  Why does the writer of the Psalm put that verse and only that verse in God’s voice?

d.      How easy/hard is it to obey God’s command in this Psalm?

Read Psalm 46 again

a.       Silence for reflection

b.     What do you hear?  What is this text calling you to do?

Pray: reflect things discussed during Bible study.

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