That’s not a very common practice in our culture any more. The go-go schedule of work, school, sports, activities, friends, family, and commitments can be crazy. The noise of the phone, TV, music, internet can completely eliminate the possibility of silence. But this psalm gives us some insight: “Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Psalm 46:8-11
Be still! Try it. Turn everything off. Get to a quiet place, open the Word and let Him speak. We might be very surprised at what we can hear when we become still.
God speaks through the stillness. He speaks through His Word.
Just recently I met with a very sweet lady. In the last nine months, she’s experienced much loss. She has been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease and just as treatments began her mother passed away suddenly. Other life-altering situations had also taken place just months before. It’s been a very hard road to travel.
I bought a blanket to take to her at the funeral home. When we have experienced so much loss, sometimes we are cold from the inside out. I had selected one carefully from several that had Scripture verses woven into the fabric. The one I chose was “Be still and know that I am God.” It seemed appropriate for what she was going through. Sometimes God’s direction becomes so evident. The day before I gave her the blanket, she had read information from someone who was battling the same disease. That person had given her the same verse. Two days in a row, she received that message from God. “Be still and know that I am God.” Those few words spoke so loudly.
Today that verse is also for you and for me. No matter what we face, He’s in charge and He is God.
Lord, I want Your voice to be the one that I hear above the noise. Help me to get quiet and listen to You.