Do you have a favorite Bible verse or passage? I think everyone should. I certainly do. You might wonder why anyone would pick a favorite Bible verse or passage. How could anyone pick a favorite verse or passage from the Bible? There is so much good stuff in there!
It’s beneficial to pick a favorite Bible verse or passage. It often gives one a sort of guide post for life. It can provide one with a verse or passage to meditate on. Picking a favorite verse or passage from the Bible can also tell others a lot about you.
My favorite Bible verse comes from the Old Testament. It is Psalm 46:10. If you are unfamiliar with this verse it says, “Be still, and know that I am God.”
I selected Psalm 46:10 because I feel it kind of sums things up pretty well. We live in a fast-paced, noisy world. It’s a world full of constant motion and noise. We have motor vehicles and airplanes which can move at rather astounding speeds. We have cell phones and computers which provide us a way to keep in contact with almost anyone anywhere in the world in just an instant.
Our vehicles, power tools, televisions, surround sound systems, playstations, etc. give us very little reprieve from all the noise. With all the noise and commotion we barely have time to think. When we do get time to think we can barely get enough silence to concentrate. So Psalm 46:10 reminds us to find a quiet spot, and just be alone with God in the silence every once in a while.
Psalm 46:10 also reminds me that everything revolves around God. When things are going good in life we tend to forget God. We are happy. We are content. We have few (if any) real worries. We become too comfortable in our own security and success; and we tend to forget the source of all the good in our lives.
It is in times like these that we need to sit back and think of God. We get caught up in all the good things going on around us, and we get too excited. We’re too willing, too, to take the credit for the good in our lives. We need to just relax, and remember where all the good comes from. Then we must thank God, and praise Him for His wonderful gifts.
Psalm 46:10 also reminds me to remember God during the bad times in my life. Life is never perfect, but some instances are worse than others. Things may be going wrong at work, at home, or both. We get stressed. We might turn to God in prayer, but we stress about the events going on. We worry too much.
Worrying is not trusting God. St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina tells us to pray and not worry. We must understand that the Almighty God is our creator. He will never give us something we can not handle. So, instead of stressing out, we should “be still”, and remember that God is in control. All we need do is turn all of our worries, necessities, and cares over to Him; and give Him the credit He deserves for all the good in our lives. If we do this, God will take care of everything else.
This is what Psalm 46:10 means to me. I encourage all of you to select your own Bible verse or passage, if you haven’t already done so. If you have one, let us know what it is; what it means to you; and why you selected that passage or verse.
Peace in Christ,
David J. Pollard
American Catholic Solidarity