The word here translated "be still" or "calm down" means to drop your arms. Whatever burden you are carrying, drop it and let your arms hang down. It can mean "stop doing whatever you are doing," and one translation has "stop fighting."
Imagine you are required to organize and cook for a special banquet where many people will be attending as part of a holiday or conference. Or perhaps people are anxiously waiting for you to arrive to deliver a very important package. Then imagine God suddenly interrupts your very important business and says, "drop your load and let your arms hang down at your side." With all the pressure on you to perform your duty, would you listen to God or to man?
What if an audience was sitting in their chairs waiting for you to come up to the microphone to speak, and God said, "be still." Would you have the courage to do that?
How many times in a day do we run frantically to and fro striving to complete our tasks, so that the next phase of our task can be done? Does it really help? Do we get more done, or do we just run ourselves down? How much I need to take these words to heart, to learn to stop, to drop what I am doing and listen to that still, small voice of God. "Be still and know that I am God."
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)
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