By: Carole and Bruce Haines
“What might be one way that your busyness blocks you from your listening and communing intimately with the Living God?” (Pete Scazerro)
Upon answering this question, my husband responded,
“It’s not that we decide to be distracted, it’s more that we do not decide to be still and silent before God.” God’s Word tells us to Be still and Know that He is God. Another version puts it this way:
“Stop striving and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46″10a
Stop, put on the breaks of your life, of your brain and spend more time “Knowing God.” It is within our power to slow ourselves down and listen to Jesus, to listen for His voice in our everyday lives, but often we do not choose that. It takes effort to set aside time, tune out all distractions from within and without. But the fruit of silence and stillness before God is unrivaled in all the world.
Knowing God is Life’s Greatest Pleasure. The One and Only God who created us, loves us and reaches for us unceasingly. He is calling out our names into the endless span of eternity. He has written our names on the Palms of His Hand. His Word says:
Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me. (Isaiah 49:16)
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
(Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV)
Think about that for a moment, what it actually cost God to engrave our names on the Palms of His hands? It took The Cross of Christ, that is the price Jesus paid for us, to redeem us and forever inscribe our names on His Hands. Stillness and Silence before God? I crave silence and stillness before God because because the more I know Him, the more I want to know. Let’s spend this Advent and Holiday Season growing closer to this Unsearchable, mysterious and Beautiful God we serve. Let’s do it together in His Word.
Love you all, and welcome to the most wonderful time of the Year, The Season of Light. Jesus is that Light, which is why Christmas is filled with wonder and expectation.