This past week, I was reminded by three different sources to be still and know God. I consider this a Godwink so I will pass this important message on. God talks to us in Psalm 46:10 and says, “Be Still and Know That I am God”. How often do we sit still? We have cell phones, IPods & Androids vying for our attention. The TV is constantly on – so is the fax machine and the computer. Company is coming. have to pick up the grandkids later and someone’s beeping to chat with you on Skype. Lots of noises going on …..How do we get ‘still’?
We say “Hey, we’re busy…who has time to sit still?”
Let’s look at Jesus. Even in his busy ministry he got still…with God. He would go out alone in the desert. He would pray and be still with God. Doing so, he was refreshed and renewed.
Anyone can get refreshed and renewed with God. It is important to be still and know that He Is God. You might say, “I’m way too busy to do that” or “God doesn’t value me” or “I’m simply not religious”. If you want to know God, you have to make some time for Him just like you do for your family, your kids, your dog, your job, technology and everything else that’s on your plate. Knowing God will give you extra strength and wisdom to do the things you do and even do things a little differently. And it will give you benefits you can’t get anywhere else. They’re guaranteed. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” [ Jeremiah 29:13]
Some say, “I don’t know what to say to God”. God made you and He knows all about you already. Just talk to Him in plain language. You don’t have to use thys, thees and thous. He’ll be happy just to hear from you. And he will change your life. This is not a wish. This is a fact. You will become aware of life in a way different from how you are living it now. if you start speaking to God, you will add joy, love, kindness, forgiveness and acceptance of who you and others are. He made you and loves you no matter what you are, say or have done. Who else can you say that about? Jesus will become your best friend. Who will never forsake you.
Try it. Go alone into a quiet room, shut the door and turn off all technology. Be still and focus on Him alone and not the things you have listed to do that day. You may start by thanking him for all the good things in life He has given you — yes, there are far more than the problems you are facing which overshadow them. Get to really know God. Listen in silence to what you may hear or think about. When you are quiet, you will open your heart and soul to Him.
God tells us through His Words, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” It will change your life. Not only is it guaranteed; the warranty will last forever.
Marie Coppola © Revised July 2017.