It is a good thing to be still at times and allow the quietness of that moment to infiltrate our being and calm our hearts. So many times in life we are in a rush from one appointment to another, from one job to another, from one meeting to another and in our constant busyness we forget to take some time for ourselves to rejuvenate our inner man so that we can get back to our optimal level. Being still also means that we trust that God is in control of all things and that our life is held securely in the palms of His hands. The Bible declares in Psalm 46:10-11 “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 refuge.” By being still in the midst of the storms that are raging all around us we are testifying before the visible and invisible that all will be well with us in the end because the God who created the universe and all that is within it is fighting our battles for us so that we may stand atop the mountain declaring victory while giving all of the Praise to the Lord Who placed us there. (Isaiah 26:3-4) (Psalm 37:7-11)
No matter what troubles or trials that are in your path I wholeheartedly encourage you to be still and reflect over your life. Think of the many times that God has intervened and brought you out of your troubles better, wiser and stronger than you were before them. Think of the lessons you have learned which have shaped and molded you into the strong person you are today and in thinking about it allow your faith to grow even stronger knowing that any present or future troubles will do nothing except make you even stronger than you are right now. Don’t worry about anything, but with praise filled words make your proclamation known that God Almighty has your back and nothing can come your way without God already knowing about it and making provision for it. We read in Psalm 34:10 “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.” May we always seek after the Lord above all things and allow His comfort to calm our hearts assuring us that all will be well. (Psalm 103:1-5) (2 Corinthians 4:15-18)
I hope this message inspires and encourages your heart to allow yourself to be still and reflect over your life so that you may rejuvenate and reinvigorate your faith in the Lord.
I have noticed that the best way for me to get a few minutes of solitude at the end of the day is to start washing the dishes! And a few minutes of solitude is something I need frequently. A time to be alone. A time to reflect.
I think there is a difference between aloneness and loneliness. Aloneness is necessary for the soul to thrive - even to come alive. Not loneliness.
German theologian and Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was arrested and eventually hanged for opposing Hitler. While in prison, he wrote letters to his fiancée. The last letter she received was dated Christmas 1944. Speaking of the war that separated them, Bonhoeffer wrote this:
“These will be quiet days in our homes, but I have had the experience over and over again that the quieter it is around me, the clearer do I feel a connection to you. It is as though in solitude the soul develops senses which we hardly know in everyday life. Therefore I have not felt lonely or abandoned for one moment.”
“I can be alone without being lonely. In fact, those times of solitude are necessary respite for a beleaguered soul, set upon by the pressures of life. I need to take whatever moments I can to just be still.”
“Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted,” says Hans Margolius. “Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.”
So I'll find time to ... be still.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 15:13 “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
Psalm 31:23-24 “O love the LORD, all ye His saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”
Romans 8:24-25 “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”
Jeremiah 31:3 “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
Psalm 37:3-6 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: WISDOM OF THE SOUL
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In Christ’s Service,
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