Be still for the presence of the Lord
Psalm 62:1 “Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation.” Maxwell Leadership Bible
Extra Reading: Psalm 62:1-12
In the busyness of our daily lives, it is easy to forget to take time out and be alone with God. I spiritually grew under the mentorship of a pastor who used to take time off three days of each, to go and be quiet before the Lord at a retreat centre or camp site. He would tell me that whilst fasting, praying and meditating upon God’s Word, he would write in his notebook whatever the Lord spoke to him about. As members of his church, we benefited from his efforts because he would come back and preach inspiring sermons. All the great men and women of God of old discovered the secret of being still before the presence of the Lord. No matter where I am, or what time it is, I make a point each day of setting time aside specifically to be quiet, to be still with God. I make sure that when I go before Him, I keep my body still. Sometimes I walk around my garden or room. I always read my Bible during such times. In quietness I can concentrate my wandering mind. I have discovered that control of the mind-the emotions, the will and the intellect-is vital to the movement of God in one’s life in a miraculous way. There is power in silence. Many people think that it is good leading your life just talking all the time. In the words of Isaiah 30:15 he states, “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Maxwell Leadership Bible.
Jesus was very strong in spirit. He waited on His Father. He went aside and rested a while. Isaiah also reminds us: “They that wait on the Lord shall have new powers.” Learn to wait in quietness. My dear sister and brother, wait on God! Wait quietly on God! Waiting like this in stillness will bring satisfaction, peace, answers, and incomparable power. We live in an era of “workaholics.” Some do three jobs at a time. They always complain about exhaustion. They have not learned to turn aside from the pressures of this world, the mad scrambling and panting. I just want to say, Stop. Rest. Let your soul catch up with you. Give time to think things through with God. Job said, “When He gives quietness, who then can make trouble?” (Job 34:29). Elihu said, “Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God” (Job 37:14). Isaiah said, “Take heed and be quiet (Isaiah 7:4). Dear fellow believer, sit in God’s presence. Let Him flood your heart. You will recall that Mary sat at the Master’s feet, and with all that criticism going on around her, Jesus said: ‘She has chosen the better part. And it will not be taken from her.’ Being silent before God helps deal with strain and stress from our souls. We have to cultivate a discipline of being quiet before the Lord. When we get quiet before the Lord we will experience the holy fear of God. When Daniel realized he was in God’s presence he said: ‘I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale’ (Daniel 10:8). We will never know God at a deeper level until we learn to be quiet in His presence. God speaks to us clearly when we deliberately set aside time to quiet before Him. He then speaks to us with that still small voice. There are too many confusing voices out there. We need to identify Jesus’ voice in the midst of all the confusion.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, make us to set aside time of quietness to experience Your presence. Amen!
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