Some days we just need to rest in the knowledge that God loves us. No striving. No failures. No pleas for forgiveness and intervention. No heart’s desires. No I’ll do better tomorrow. No big plans that need blessing. Just resting with Him. Being still.
Ask one simple question: Am I comfortable just being with God and listening for His voice?
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26:3 ESV)
When was the last time you sat still for more than 10 minutes in a quiet place with no distractions?
How can we expect to hear from God, let alone understand what He desires in our lives, if we are never still and quiet?
This is a learned skill, I must admit. One method that has helped me was to simply meditate on one scripture. Read it over and over, break it down word by word, soak in its meaning. It helps me quiet my brain and focus on God.
Sometimes, if you are one who has trouble sitting still, it helps to go for a quiet walk alone.
God wants to speak to your heart. He wants your full attention. He wants you to trust fully in Him alone. He’s going to ask you to do things that are against your own wants; that will push you out of your comfort zone and even make you look foolish to the world. Just ask Noah or Abraham or Joseph or Mary or Zechariah or Peter or Paul.
We need to learn our shepherd’s voice so that we can tell the imposters from the creator.
To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” (John 10:3-5 ESV)
In these last days there will be many false teachers and false prophets. Be careful to whom you listen and to what you believe. Test everything against God’s word. Test the spirits as well. Know God so intimately that when someone comes as an imposter, you will quickly discern the difference.
Lord God, help us learn how to clearly hear Your voice. Help us to sit and enjoy Your company. Help us to enter Your rest. Amen.
Be still and listen. Hide God’s word in your heart. Be encouraged. Press on.
God Is Our Fortress
To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah (Psalm 46 ESV)