Imagine yourself at the beginning of creation.
God – Father, Son, and Spirit preparing to create “the heavens and the earth.”
And then, word by word light, dark, sun, moon, and stars. Land and sea. Plants and trees. Fish, birds, and land animals. God spoke and creation happened.
Two simple words. God Spoke…
And “it was good.”
That’s what I picture David thinking about when he wrote Psalm 29 . . . the all-powerful voice of the Lord.
The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea.Psalm 29:3–4
The God of glory thunders.
The Lord thunders over the mighty sea.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
This same all-powerful voice that created everything is still very much alive and active in our world today. And yet, He chooses to speak to you and me in quiet stillness.
I’ve found myself trying to accomplish too much lately . . . rushing through extra tasks making sure nothing gets left undone only to be overwhelmed by exhaustion each evening. The other night, I took it all to the Lord and asked Him to give me wisdom and discernment.
And do you know what He said?
Words I needed. Be still and just breathe.
Be still and know that I am God!Psalm 46:10
So, I paused this morning and read through the different translations of that verse and found:
- Be still.
- Cease striving.
- Stop fighting.
- Calm down.
- That’s enough.
- Let go of your concerns.
- Be quiet.
The voice that is powerful and majestic . . . the One who is still able to speak a word and make things happen tells us to be still and breathe.
Too often, we try to do too much on our own before turning to God and asking Him to guide us and give us wisdom and discernment. Oh, but when we do . . . when we quiet our restless hearts and invite Him to guide us with His gentle loving quiet voice, the voice He uses to talk with His children as they sit embraced in His love, that’s when we experience His peace.
David ended Psalm 29 with the following words…
The Lord reigns as king forever.Psalm 29:10b–11
The Lord gives His people strength.
The Lord blesses them with peace.
The all-powerful King of Creation cares personally and individually about you and me. The One whose voice makes light in the darkness and hills, valleys, plants, and animals come to life, wants to speak strength and peace into you and me.
So stop and breathe! God is with you and He is able to speak over you and give you everything you need one moment at a time.
A Prayer to Listen to God’s Voice and Just Breathe
Father, You are all-powerful. You are the breath of life. You are the Creator. You are my Redeemer. You are my Comforter, Helper, and the Lover of my soul.
Please forgive me. I can so easily become distracted by all of life’s busyness. I can focus on doing more than on simply being. And when I do take a break, I often spend it on silly time-wasters rather than spending time with You. I’m so sorry. You want so much more for me. I want more for me. I don’t want to spend my days in a frazzled rush. I don’t want to center my life on the unimportant only to miss the important.
Please help me to pause throughout each day to be still with You. Help me to let go of my concerns and allow You to give me wisdom and discernment. Help me to center my mind on the things You call important.
Thank you for loving us. Thank you for loving me. I can’t begin to imagine what that moment will be like when I stand before You and hear Your voice echo above creation.
I give myself to You. Please hold me close. Whisper Your words of life into my heart and soul. And by Your grace, use me according to Your will in ways that give You glory. Amen.
When I was a young teen, my pastor gave me this verse…
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”Revelation 3:20
Sometimes we get so busy and distracted that we fail to hear the voice of the Lord just on the other side of the door.
But read the verse again. The Lord of the universe, our Savior, wants a personal relationship with us. So much so, that He patiently and persistently keeps knocking waiting for us to pause long enough to just breathe. He’s waiting for us to recognize our need for Him and open the door.
When you pause today to just breathe . . . open the door. The Lord is waiting on the other side and His arms are full of blessings. Every blessing you could possibly need today, tomorrow, and forever.
May you be blessed today as you quietly listen to the voice of the One who loves you more than you can imagine.
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