Be Still and Listen
By Kim Larsen
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth!
An intensity such as never before was seen is taking possession of the world. In amusement, in moneymaking, in the contest for power, in the very struggle for existence, there is a terrible force that engrosses body and mind and soul. In the midst of this maddening rush, God is speaking. He bids us come apart and commune with Him.
Many, even in their seasons of devotion, fail of receiving the blessing of real communion with God. They are in too great haste. With hurried steps they press through the circle of Christ’s loving presence, pausing perhaps a moment within the sacred precincts, but not waiting for counsel. They have no time to remain with the divine Teacher. With their burdens they return to their work.
These workers can never attain the highest success until they learn the secret of strength. They must give themselves time to think, to pray, to wait upon God for a renewal of physical, mental, and spiritual power. They need the uplifting influence of His Spirit. Receiving this, they will be quickened by fresh life. The wearied frame and tired brain will be refreshed, the burdened heart will be lightened.
I read this article this morning by one of my favorite authors. I know it was a bit long but it resonated with me and reminded me of several times in my life when God has led me to hear a sermon or read a book about this very thing. God is trying to get our attention and to encourage us to spend “quality” time with Him! Not only that but, listening to what He has to say to us. Yes, we can become so in tune that we will hear His voice in our ear. I encourage you to begin 2018 with a desire to ask God for a wake up call each night before you lay your head on your pillow. Don’t be surprised when you wake up early the next morning! It’s time for us to wake up and be more intentional in our worship and in our devotional lives.