2002-08-23 - Being Still and Knowing He is God
Encore from 1996-05-31
Rush rush rush....If you are like me, sometimes you are busy from the time you get up until the time you go to bed. Whether we are in the workplace, at home or at school, we sometimes rush until our head is spinning. Our brains are overflowing, and we forget things- -- important things, too! I am here to tell you that one thing we need to *always* remember, is to find time to spend in quietness before God.
There are several reasons for this. One reason is simply because God commands it in His word:
Psa 46:10 (NIV) Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
In order to worship Him as we should -- in Spirit and truth -- we must be still. If we don't allow our minds to be stilled, there won't be room in there for Him.
Another reason to make time for stillness, for meditation on His word, is that it helps us apply His word to our lives. If we read and run, and don't let it "soak in," sometimes we don't retain it. Psa 119:11 (NIV) I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
As a recent college graduate, I am well-aware that rather than just reading and running to something else, we need to think about what we are reading....and maybe reread it, perhaps reading a cross-reference or two, to help cement it in our minds. Then the Word will be in the reservoirs of our minds. Sometimes when we might not even realize we have retained something, we "pull it up" out of our memory banks, during an everyday decision etc.
Another incentive for being still before Him, is that it can be a spiritually-replenishing time. It can strengthen us, calm us, give us peace... Isa 30:15b (NIV) In quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.
However, this "quietness" and listening doesn't come naturally; at least it does not to me. If that's the case for you as well, ask God to help you do it! Just ask Him to help you be still and listen.
I hope you'll join me in finding time to be still before Him each day, whether it is for five minutes or 30, whether you medtiate on one verse or a chapter. Even if it means awakening a few minutes earlier, it's worth it. After all, think about it...what's 5-30 minutes out of a 1440-minute day? If you have a long commute, you could take the Bible and read it at stoplights, and meditate on it and "listen" the rest of the way....Or you can read for a few minutes before showering, and meditate in there. There is a way. You CAN make time for being still before Him; you can't afford not to.