The strength to be still

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This morning I longed for God. I felt disconnected and out of sorts. I’m not sure where to start on the list of “to do” for today. So, I sit down and open my prayer journal. With a deep breath I ask God to give me a word.

As I flip through the pages I see the words “be still ...” The first thing we must do to hear from God is to get still and listen.

Parents scold their children when they are squirming in their seats. Teachers find ways to calm or quiet the class so instructions can be given and heard. Procedures at the doctor or dentist also call for being still. In the Bible, God also calls us to be still.

Do you find it difficult to do? I do. I’m constantly in motion. In the world today if you aren’t busy you are lazy it seems. I find this frustrating. Just because our bodies are in motion does not mean it is for our good.

I find it easiest to be still when I get up early and spend the first moments I’m awake with Jesus and a cup of coffee. I read his word and talk to him in prayer. Oftentimes I get up and start the day without waiting to hear from God in return.

We need to get in the habit of being still and listening. He wants to hear from us, but He also longs to speak to us. Our hearts need that in this sin-soaked world. He can’t speak to us if we are constantly moving, thinking and doing other things.

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

This scripture tells us to do two things: 1. Be still; and 2. And know.

Our being still opens the door for him to show us all He has done and all He is doing. I struggle to sit still and listen. Talking comes much easier, but there is such blessing when we are still long enough to hear from God and all those around us. Sometimes we hear things we don’t want to hear, but other times being still and listening brings us just what we needed to hear. So very often what we need is so much better for us than what we want.

If you need to hear from God today take time to sit at the feet of Jesus. Practice being still. God wants to fill you with joy and peace that this world cannot provide. All the business of this world will not fill the place in our hearts created for God.

I am thankful today that what God began with a few notes I jotted down are being read by you today. God knows what you need. He knows what you long for. He knows your darkest sin and your deepest pain. He loves you anyway!

Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Be encouraged today!

Take time to be still and know. Let our prayer each day be “Lord, give us the strength to be still.”

Erika Wrench lives in Godwin.
Reach her at naw819@yahoo.com.

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