“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
This is going to be a battle. This is going to require a fight. This will take all the strength that is in me and then some. I will desperately need your help. I cannot do this on my own, that is for sure. What’s that? Can you be a little more clear? Can you say more? Perhaps it would be a good idea for you to be very specific about what help you will need from me. I will need help being quiet. I will need your help if I am ever to be still before you. Even when I might look still on the outside, which would be a rare event, I would still be racing on the inside. It seems like my heart and mind and life operate at a hundred miles an hour. How will I ever slow done? How will I ever be quiet? How will I ever become still before you? Those are very good questions.
You are right about one thing. What’s that? You will need my help. You will not need just a little bit of my help. You will need a lot of my help. You are right about another thing. What’s that? Becoming quiet and still before me will require all the effort that you have in you. That’s what I thought. That was a good and true thought.
There are two ways in which I want you to learn to be still before me. How so? I want you to learn to sit still to be quiet before me. I want you to be able to hear my voice. I want you to be able to receive my instructions and follow my guidance. You will only learn to hear my voice as you make it your priority to come and sit still before me. Little by little and day by day your ability to hear my voice will grow stronger as you sit still before me. Will you set apart a time and place to sit still before me? Yes Lord, I will. Then you will come to know me. That will be very good.
In what other way must I learn to sit still before you? You must stop trying to take every matter into your own hands. You must allow me to act on your behalf. How will I ever be able to act on your behalf if you won’t let me? Well, that is about to dramatically change. How so? I will stop taking matters into my own hands. What will you do instead? I will pray. I will ask for your help. I will come to rely on you. I will pray patiently and wait expectantly for you to act. Then you will come to know me. That will be very good.
Lord, I have been anything but still. I have raced from one thing to another in life. I have been busy. I have been on the go. I have been restless and relentless. No more. Help me to be still before you. Help me to come to know you and to wait for you to act. Amen
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