The World is Loud, but Be Still
Israelis with a passion for life often celebrate New Year’s Day. Although this date is only a secular event finalizing the world’s yearly calendar, they see a reason to rejoice on January 1.
Certainly, they embrace Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets, Yom Teruah) as the start of the New Year on the Hebrew calendar. Rosh Hashanah is the time of year for spiritual resolutions, like repentance and being a kinder person. But, many Hebrews won’t miss a second opportunity to observe a new beginning. January 1 becomes their time for physical resolutions, like losing weight or reading more books.
In this momentous era, we all need a new beginning. Let’s begin again with God, this time through stillness. The sons of Korah said, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10).
Hebrew scholars believe Psalm 46 relates to the Final Redemption, or Israel’s Messianic deliverance in the cataclysmic Gog Magog war. At the same time, its meaning could be much simpler. Through stillness, we have rapport with Heaven and His divine dimension. Through quietude, He awakens a new faculty within us — a greater ability to perceive His counsel and hear His voice. After all, the sheep hear His voice and follow Him (John 10:27). Even on January 1, a secular time of new beginnings, there is no better time to be loyal to God and listen to the Shepherd’s voice. Our calmness makes His voice clearer.
Published January 3, 2017