Captivated by Stillness (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 313)
Psalm 46:10 (NLT)
Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.
In our world today, we wear busyness like a crown. We’ve been taught that being busy all the time makes us look and feel important and that it even influences our self-worth, self-esteem, and self-presentation. We answer our cell phones and text messages at church, at home, at birthday parties, and on vacation. We’re always plugged in and connected because we fear being anything else.
When we allow busyness to control our lives and fill it with stuff, stuff, and stuff, we actually waste valuable time and miss incredible opportunities to see the work and will of God made evident in our lives and in the world around us. God wants us to be plugged in to him so that we can hear his voice and receive strength to face the day he has given us. We will only know God’s will for our lives if we choose to spend time with him and relish the fact that we can be in his presence just as we are.
Listening is not a characteristic evident in the lives of many people. Yet that is what we are urged to do in scripture. “Be still, and know that I am God!” We cannot know God as deeply and as passionately as we can know him until we choose to be still, be quiet, get away from the hustle and bustle of life, and rest in his unconditional peace and full presence. Too many religious services create an environment in which noise is considered to be the proof of God’s life within us.
God wants to be able to captivate our hearts and our souls. He wants to get us to the place where we trust him in everything, through everything, and with everything. And we can best know God and he can best reveal his presence when we are still enough to get to know him. Set aside time in which you can focus on God, not your busyness or your agenda or your to-do list or your calendar or schedule, but God alone and allow him to speak peace, purpose, and potential into your heart and soul. There is nothing better than knowing God and spending time in his presence.
“Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life. Be sure that you never try to work God into your schedule, but always work your schedule around Him.”
— Joyce Meyer