August 18, 2017

Be Quiet!

I keep trying to write today, and yet nothing seems to be coming out right. The words aren’t flowing. The thoughts are jumbled and disjointed. The points that seem so clear in my mind, so pressing on my heart, simply refuse to be put onto paper — or computer screen.

And every time I give up trying, delete the attempt, and try to get busy doing something else, one thought continues to press on my consciousness:

Silence…

Quiet…

Waiting…

Stillness is not something that comes easily for most of us, but it is certainly necessary to ALL of us. Because it is through silent communion with God, we find sweet peace, relief, comfort. In quietness before His throne, we find the courage to surrender all to Him.

In being still before Him, we recalibrate our souls to hear His gentle whispers, and feel the gentle nudging of His hand.

In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.
Isaiah 30:15

The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
Lamentations 3:25-26

So take a moment to hush the noise and chaos of life rushing past…

Take time to sit and soak in His presence, the way Mary of Bethany sat at His feet while Martha rushed around busily, missing the one thing she needed most. Take time to quiet your thoughts and be still before Him.

It’s more important than anything else in the world — it’s worth more than gold, lasts longer than material comfort, and satisfies more than any other relationship you’ll ever have on this earth. It’s more important than a steady paycheck, family commitments, extracurricular activities, finishing that ongoing project, making a name for yourself, having the last word, or anything else that can threaten to become top priority.

Nothing else will fill and satisfy your soul, like being still before Him.
Nothing else will bear your soul up, like unhurried time with Him.
Nothing else will speak truth to your heart, like quietly listening for HIM to speak.


“Be still, and know that I am God.

I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Psalm 46:10-11


Quiet your heart before Him. Listen to His heart.
Be still in His presence.

 

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress;
I shall not be shaken.

On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah
Psalm 62:5-8

So how about it?  What’s stopping you from quieting yourself — right NOW — before God?