Good morning people who refuse to allow life to crowd out the author of life.
Sitting with the Lord in quietness and stillness is one of the most beautiful and wonderful things that we can do. Serving Him is great, but sitting with Him is an even deeper privilege and delight.
And yet all too often we avoid this. Most of the time it is unintentional, but sometimes it can be intentional because we want to avoid the awkwardness of silence. But we have believed a lie and been robbed of the greater intimacy that we truly desire.
I am learning the truth of the following well-known verse:
Psalms 46:10 NIV He 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 of two results of our willingness and desire to be still before the Lord.
Firstly, and most importantly, we will know that God is God. This sounds so obvious that the power of this truth could easily be lost. It’s in the sitting rawly and honestly with the Lord that we have the opportunity to discover His indescribable love and kindness towards us.
Secondly, and as a result of us knowing God as God, He will be exalted among the nations and exalted in the earth! Oh, isn’t this the cry of our hearts! But it is the result of stillness; of sitting at the feet of Jesus like Mary so wonderfully did.
I urge you dear brother and sisters, to not fill up your day so much that stillness with the Lord doesn’t happen. Your much-needed work, “priorities” and commitments truly pale into insignificance with the pure delight of being with God. It’s not one or the other, but it is about order, priorities and choices.
And please don’t be afraid of the quietness and awkwardness. Sit with this, and may the Spirit of God lead you past this into the banqueting table of His delightful goodness.