I opened my Bible app this morning and this popped up as the verse of the day.
I've usually seen it quoted out of context and it's been meaningful to me: Be still. Be calm. Let God be God.
But when you read the Psalm in its entirety, this verse has a different meaning:
"Come, behold the works of the Lord; see what desolation he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth." (Psalm 46:8-11)
"Be still" actually means: "Stop! Put down your weapons."
God makes wars cease. Got wants us to stop fighting.
While I wish we would take this literally in the political realm I also think it is powerful in our personal lives. "Stop! Put down your weapons." Before you blame someone for something. Before you make assumptions about their intentions. Before you criticize them for their actions: Stop. Take a moment to think. Cool down. Don't let your feelings get the best of you. We've all seen situations escalate and get ugly because people tried to solve them while they were angry. Step away. Get some perspective. Look at your own part in the situation. And then come back, calmly, openly, with compassion, and say what you need to say.
The same is true for social media: Think before you type. Reflect before you rant. Once it's out there it cannot be taken back.
And, before you say anything, here's a helpful acronym:
T - is it True?
H - is it Helpful?
I - is it Inspiring?
N - is it Necessary?
K - is it Kind?
If the answer to any of them is "no" you might be wiser not to speak.
May God help us to stop and think. May God help us to be peacemakers in this war torn world.