Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act. Psalm 37:7
Humility and patience are natural lead-ins to stillness…
Do you do stillness well?
It is defined as:
- The absence of sound.
- The absence of motion.
- The absence of disturbance.
I’m terrible at being still. Absolutely terrible.
I am always doing, listening, watching, thinking, talking . . . if I’m still I’m probably sleeping and I’m not sure I’m still even then.
Stillness does not come naturally for most of us.
We live in a noisy, information cluttered state of busyness with no idea how to push pause and find the calm we desperately want and truthfully . . . need.
Even if we get a few moments without noise and activity, stillness is hard to achieve.
Stillness is doing nothing, it is quieting your thoughts and simply being.
When is the last time you did that?
God wants us to be still in Him.
God says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Our Father invites us to know Him in stillness.
I love the NRSV translation of 1 Kings 9:11-13, where Elijah and God meet on Mt. Horeb:
He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
So for the next 31 days, I will be intentionally embracing stillness.
Why do I want to embrace stillness?
Because I want to know my Father better. I don’t want to be content to stay where I am. I want to know more about Him. And…
I want to know HIM. I want to do a better job of listening for His voice and following His will.
Knowing me, this won’t be easy. Even when I turn off my tunes and television. When I walk away from social media and leave my phone in the other room . . . my mind is always busy. Always.
With God’s help . . . I want to change that.
I want to be still. I want to “cease striving.”
The Hebrew word for “Cease striving” is “raphah” and it means – sink down, let drop, let go, be quiet, become helpless.
Oh, I don’t do that well. But it’s time. It’s time to let go of busyness, stress, and anxiety; by embracing stillness and sinking down into the presence of the Lord.
Jesus said to His disciples, “He said to them, “Come away by yourselves, and we will go to a lonely place to get some rest.” Mark 6:31
I want to come away by myself and rest with Jesus and this mid-summer month is the perfect time to begin.
My goals for the month:
1. Turn off the things that distract – and pursue stillness for at least 20 minutes each day.
2. Come into that time humbly surrendered and willing to patiently wait on God.
3. Learn God’s will for me and obey Him without hesitation.
Like the previous months, I anticipate challenges. I don’t expect this to be any different. Stillness and complete surrender do not come naturally for me. And when it comes to listening and obedience, I think my typical approach is to tell God what we’re going to do and ask Him to get onboard and bless it.
So, I am going into the month trusting His promise to give me peace.
“I will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is set on me.” Isaiah 26:3
The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 28:7
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14
I’m hoping you will join me.
If your schedule won’t permit 20 minutes, start with 5 or 10.
Whatever the amount of time . . . let’s respond to Jesus’ invitation to – “Come away by yourselves, and we will go to a lonely place to get some rest.” with willing humbleness, patience, and surrender.
It’s time to be still and know!
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