Earlier today I was pondering the old question of what Kelly Clarkson, Moses, and the Supremes have in common with 20th century Lutheran theologian Wilfried Joest.

Fortunately for us all, I finally hit on the answer!

They all agree that we need to stop what we’re doing and just kind of chill out.

It’s obvious once you start looking for it:

Stop! In the name of love.

– The Supremes

God begins his work with us when our own activity goes quiet—when we have become passive before him, both inwardly and outwardly. The zero point of human activity is the place where God does his work.

– Wilfried Joest, Gesetz und Freiheit: Das Problem des Tertius usus legis bei Luther und die neutestamentliche Parainese, p. 25

Be still, let it go…
Slow, slow it down Why do we run? We’re missing so much babe Just lay in my arms for a while Be still, be still now.

– “Be Still” by Kelly Clarkson

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

– Exodus 14:14