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IN THE STILLNESS

March 12, 2013

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10

We live in a fast-paced age: an age of calendars, schedules, appointments, meetings, memos, and hurried notes that remind us of activities we somehow need to squeeze in to our already overflowing hours and days.  We leave voice-notes on our phones, Post-Its on our fridges, desks…even on the dashboards of our cars. There are never enough hours in the day to accomplish all the things we attempt to do. And yet, if we were to clear our calendars and schedules, cancel our appointments and meetings, and forgo all those things which seem so important in our daily lives…if we were to do away with all of it, and yet still managed to make time for God, then that day was not wasted. And, not only was it a day not wasted, but it was a day of gain: a day of increase and fulfillment. Because out of all our ‘needs’, there is only one which we cannot go without meeting: the need of an Almighty God in our lives. God is the appointment we should never miss, the meeting we should never forget, and the memo we should always remember to read. God is the one thing we shouldn’t need a reminder for; like our tithe money, the time we devout to Him should come right off the top: set aside and waiting to be offered up to Him.

“But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness,” (Matt. 6:34). And why first? Because that is the place God deserves to be in our lives: first. And yet, despite the fact that we all know this deep down in our hearts, we continually fall short of this command; we tend to get sidetracked at times, with our hearts seeking the things of this world first, and God in whichever order He happens to fall. Now, you might say ‘speak for yourself, there’…and, honestly, I am. But, I’m speaking for everybody else as well: if we all did as Christ commanded, than the church houses would be full every time the doors were open; people in the community would not go unwitnessed to or unvisited, our Bibles would not go unread, or our prayers said hurriedly or not at all. It’s just the truth; and the sooner we can accept that, the sooner we can go about remedying it.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (II Tim. 3:16-17). So many find so little harm in not diligently studying the Word of God; it’s nothing for many Christians to go days if not weeks without reading the scriptures on their own time. But, think of it this way: to go without the reading of God’s Word is to go without the spiritual Bread and Water of Life that sustains us: it would be much the same to go several days without feeding your spiritual body: you just can’t function properly. How are we expected to be strong, to be determined, to be able to endure, if we lack this diligence? Would we so starve our physical bodies? Of course not! How then, can we starve our spirits, which should, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby?” (I Peter 2:2) How can we see to walk in this dark world if we are not constantly vigilant to keep the light burning? “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path,” (Psalm 119:105)

As Christians, we are nothing without the Word and the Spirit that sustains us: all that we are comes from the Lord, and we must seek Him out regularly to gain our strength, wisdom, and knowledge from Him. If we don’t seek these things, then we shall surely fall: we will not see increase, or abundance, or restoration, or victory if we don’t “Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His face continually,” (I Chron. 16:11).

So let us all make an effort to more diligently seek to spend time with our God; a God who has given so much to us, that the little He asks in return should make us ashamed that we so reluctantly give it. If we want to hear that ‘still, small voice”, then we must first make an effort to be still; to take those precious moment given to us and talk to our God – to seek Him, to know Him, to study and learn of Him…and to worship Him. We have to stop letting the noisy demands and confusions of this world distract us from the real reason – the real truth – of our existence here: to praise and serve our God in Heaven. The moments we give to Him are really His anyways; let’s stop hesitating so much on giving them back to Him.

“Glory ye in His holy Name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the lord. Seek the Lord, and His strength: seek His face evermore. Remember His marvelous works that He hath done; His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth.” – Psalm 105:3-5

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One Comment
  1. Carolyn permalink

    Yes indeed! Time with Him is more precious than time spend anywhere else and oh so sweet! Thnak you!

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