Daily Pointers for Connecting with God

Be Still

After we have come by setting our hearts on God, clearing our schedules, eliminating distractions and dedicating a place to meet with Him, our first order of business with Him is to be still. 
Psalm 46:6,8,10: The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; the utters his voice, the earth melts… Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth… Be still, and know that I am God…”

Be still! Probably one of the hardest concepts to embrace in our day and age of ceaseless hustle and bustle, noise and constant interaction with the visuals of our smartphones, TVs and computers.

So what is it, and how do we do it?

Being still is an attitude. Cease your striving. Cease your doing. Cease your busy running around. Set your to-do list aside. Take your eyes and mind of the constant distractions that present themselves daily. Incline your ear to me. (remember Isaiah 55:3 from yesterday?)

Cease even to give voice to your list of daily prayers and concerns.

Being still is the prerequisite for listening. Inclining your ear, blocking out everything else so you can listen better. For God imparts to you, speaks to you, reveals to you, discloses His heart to you in a whisper. Why? A whisper makes you strain to hear and you’ll pay attention better!

Remember Elijah in 1 Kings 19:11-18? God didn’t come to him in a storm, an earthquake or a fire, but in a still small voice.

It may take some getting used to, but practice stillness. Without it you’ll miss listening, and without listening, you’ll miss the best God has to offer in this turbulent time.

Remco Brommet