The Strange Sound of Silence

“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10). Be Still: “still” means to be calm, silent, relaxed, meditate, and quiet. It means to be still and alone in your happy place. In this noisy world there are many disturbances and distractions. Some pray, “God, give me patience and hurry!” In this busy world we need times to “be still and know God.” When was the last time you actually were able to privately “be still and know God?” To go to a“closet” (private quiet place) without any distractions (Matt. 6:6). Notice that in the ark,Noah was “shut in” with the Lord and was “shut out” from the world (Gen. 7:16). There are times we also need to “shut out” the world and be “shut in” with God. “When Susanna Wesley, mother of 19 children (including John & Charles Wesley founders of the Methodist movement), wanted to spend time with God, she had a unique way of finding her “quiet”place. She would sit down in her kitchen and pull her apron up over her head. She would then spend time in prayer and the children knew not to disturb her during this time!” I thought if she could find a quite place with 19 children so could I. And Know: To know means to have knowledge. You obtain knowledge from books, teachers, preachers, studying, and experience. I often say, “Knowledge is good.” The more we know, the more we spiritually grow. When we stop knowing, we stop growing. We need to personally know God. That I am God: Not I was, I will be, but I AMI AM always in the past, present and future. So my need is to be still and know the great eternal I AM. It seems we have outer interruptions of cell phones, TV, door bells, schedules, children and then the inner thoughts, frets, problems, and stress that control our thinking. By the way, I have learned that you can only think one thought at a time. So I try to focus on good thoughts (Phil.4:8). When you do find your happy place, “be still” and take a deep breath,relax, and slowly listen to the strange sound of nothing. Gradually you will hear the inner still small voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart. Elijah learned that God was not in the loud earthquake or the fire, but in a still small voice (I Kings 19:12). As you leave your “closet,” you realize there is no substitute for His presence and His peace. I read that the morning dew only falls on a still calm night. When you are in a still and calm place, the dew of His grace fall on you. There are times you need to “shut out” the world and be“shut in” with the Lord. You learn he may not still your storm but He can still you in the storm. So during your busy hectic day, you need to pause, take time out, go to your happy place and “be still and know God.” You will be glad you did and so will God, and others!

Know God – Know Peace…No God – No Peace

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