How many of us are quiet enough to go to God and wait? Wait for as long as it takes for God to respond? Many Christians of the past learned the “secret” of being quiet and waiting upon God. Not us though. I call it “microwave Christianity”.
“Forty seconds? Ohhh”
We don’t know how to be quiet, slow down the torrent of thoughts invading our minds and just wait. Must God come when we call? Must He hustle over to our end of the universe and bow to our whims when we can fit Him into our schedule? When was the last time you got away with God, in secret, quietly waiting upon Him and pushing the world out? In the life of Jesus, we read how He spent much time in quietness, communing with God. Be still and know…be still. What does this word mean?
To sink, relax, sink down, let drop, be disheartened:
- to sink down
- to sink, drop
- to sink, relax, abate
- to relax, withdraw
- (Niphal) idle (participle)
- (Piel) to let drop
- to let drop, abandon, relax, refrain, forsake
- to let go
- to refrain, let alone
- to be quiet
- (Hithpael) to show oneself slack
Does this describe your prayer life? Or does a flash, power prayer quickly while you put on makeup/shave in the car best describe how you approach God? I have learned to be quiet. I have learned to slow down my breathing/thoughts (you’d be surprised how erratic and fast our breathing is). I have learned to push away my burdens and responsibilities for an hour each day and just be quiet and let God come. It has made a world of difference to me, I can tell you. I have learned to rely on my times with God and slow down.
God is waiting for you. Can you wait for Him?
10 Be still, and know that I am God…