You need stillness. It’s important for your faith and your health!
But being still is almost impossible. It is for me and maybe it is for you too!
With technology, appliances, entertainment, etc – noise is a constant in most homes, workplaces, and whatever method you use to get from one to the other.
In 2011 World Health Organization report called noise pollution a “modern plague,” concluding that “there is overwhelming evidence that exposure to environmental noise has adverse effects on the health of the population.”
You may not be noise challenged. Your stillness robber may be busyness. Most of us are overscheduled wishing we could have just a few extra hours each week. Better yet . . . would be a few extra hours every day.
How are we supposed to be “still” when we live with a cacophony of sounds and an endless list of commitments?
Add the pushback we feel because stillness is often associated with meditation and that is . . . well, a little too new age for followers of Jesus.
So, with all the confusion and challenges stillness falls low on our list of priorities.
God invites us to know Him in stillness.
Be still, and know that I am God! Psalm 46:10
Other translations use the words – cease striving, be calm, let it be, that’s enough, calm down, stop fighting, be in awe, let go of your concerns, or stand silent—for “be still.”
Let it be, and know…
Calm down, and know…
Let go of your concerns, and know…
Stand silent, and know…
Stop fighting, and know…
If you and I want to deeply and intimately know God we need to stop, calm down, let go, and be still.
The truth . . . you and I need stillness. And the good news is God offers us so many blessings in addition to knowing Him.
Look at the list of blessings to your health as well as your faith.
Stillness Will Bless Your Faith and Make You Healthy
Stillness is about being in the present – I can let go of the past and stop worrying about the future when I’m sitting with the Lord. When I’m still I’m more aware of the Holy Spirit’s presence and I’m able to surrender past junk and future concerns.
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:34
Give us today the food we need. Matthew 6:11
Stillness relaxes your body and your mind – It promises better sleep and a stronger immune system. It lowers cortisol by reducing stress. More sleep and less stress can lower your blood pressure and improve your ability to concentrate. Okay, I want all of that!
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Stillness will calm your soul – Being quiet in God’s presence helps me remember His greatness and my need for Him. It is well with my soul when I surrender everything to the Lord.
You will keep the man in perfect peace whose mind is kept on You because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3
Stillness improves your relationships – I get along with people better when I’m peaceful and settled. Agitation in me translates to a tension that impairs my patience. And that strains my relationships. God’s peace in me blesses every interaction.
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people. 1 Corinthians 14:33
Stillness gives me strength for hard days – When I sit at Jesus’ feet and learn from Him, I believe He is in control. I trust His promises and stand on the strength only He can give. He is my firm foundation when I’m weak.
Have your roots planted deep in Christ. Grow in Him. Get your strength from Him. Let Him make you strong in the faith as you have been taught. Your life should be full of thanks to Him. Colossians 2:7
Stillness will give you an eternal perspective – When I look at today in terms of eternity my junk is less upsetting and my hope quotient increases exponentially. Days are just easier when I remember my God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:18
I have to admit when I started thinking about my need for stillness I wasn’t really thinking about it improving my physical well-being. This is The Faith Project. My planning was faith focused.
Isn’t our God awesome? He knows those things that are good for us spiritually and blesses us by making them good for us physically as well. I love that!
I’ve only included 20 minutes of stillness for a few days, but I love sitting with the Lord and listening for His voice. I’ve noticed I’m more aware of His constant presence during the day.
Have you started adding a time of stillness to your day?
Have you noticed any changes in the rest of your day?
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