[CF Devotionals] 2013-04-18 - Stillness

Psa 46:10 Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth! (AMP)

ca·coph·o·ny [kuh-kof-uh-nee] Show IPA noun, plural ca·coph·o·nies.
  1. harsh discordance of sound; dissonance: a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails.
  2. a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds: the cacophony produced by city traffic at midday.
  3. Music. frequent use of discords of a harshness and relationship difficult to understand.

Origin: 1650–60; < Neo-Latin cacophonia < Greek kakophonía. See caco-, -phony

Related forms
cac·o·phon·ic [kak-uh-fon-ik] Show IPA , adjective

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The world is a noisy, dissonant place. We are surrounded by devices from televisions to smart phones that demand our attention with anything from the latest text message from a friend to the most recent crisis or victory in the news. We are bombarded with information on at least an hourly basis. Add to that the fact that a lot of that information has one spin or the other on it (read: it is not all trustworthy).

I'm going to date myself. I was born when computers filled big rooms and used vacuum tubes instead of chips. It was an easier time to learn to be still. It was generally possible to find a place that was full of real quiet. The opportunity to be still was available without a lot difficulty. It can be done today but it takes more effort, even at home.

In 1 Kings 19 Elijah is listening for the voice of God. He hears roaring wind, earthquakes and fire but the Lord's voice is not found in these powerful events. God speaks to Elijah, what an unspeakable honor, in a still, small voice. If Elijah had been anything but still it is likely he would have missed it. I hear very often that the church needs to hear from God. My assertion is that God is still speaking. If we would just stop rattling on we would receive what we keep saying we need.

Jesus told Martha that her sister Mary had chosen the better part when she sat listening at Jesus' feet (Luke 10:42 NASB). When is the last time you turned everything off and sat and tried to be still for two minutes? At first it will not be easy. We are so use to being interrupted with this or that it is difficult to just be quiet. Listen after praying. Take a few minutes to be still during a hectic day.

Push the noise of this world back and chose the better part at Jesus' feet.

Lord Jesus - help us to push the world back. Draw us in to spend real time at Your feet. Amen.

Grace & Peace,

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