Stillness and Silence
Be still by Chris Priebe, 2000-08-12
In this busy, fast-paced super highway called life we seem to have lost the practice of stillness and silence. It seems that we always have to keep moving. In fact, many feel guilty when they relax.
But God calls us to take some time off and just to sit there. And what are we supposed to do? Nothing really. Just sit back and know that God is God. Once we gain a grasp on that everything else will follow. You might feel a need to get down on your knees, or you might cry out for the nations, or you will begin to sing, or cry, or go out to share the Word, or just sit there.
So begin right now, take a moment and just be still - know that God is God - you´ll know what to do from there.
Arnet Hales writes on 2001-05-25
Someone once said that the reason we do not like to be silent is that we do not like the company silence forces us into. Silence requires that we live with ourselves and if we have not learned to like ourselves then this is a difficult task indeed. Now when I consider myself, there is not really much to like. I am arogant, thoughtless, ignorant, selfish, conceded, self centered; and yet, God, who created me for his pleasure, gave himself for me, and fills me with his Spirit, sees me otherwise. He sees me through Jesus. It is not that the old me does not exist, it is that when God looks down to me he sees me through the filter of the Blood of the Lamb. If God so loved Arnet that he gave his only begotton Son, that if Arnet should believe on him he would not perish, but have every lasting life,it seems a great tragedy that I should not like myself. Silence is much easier to acept when we see ourselves as God the Father sees us. We are forgiven, we are cleansed, we are filled with Him. This is the good news. Now all of his admonishment to be still and know, make sense.
Chris Priebe writes on 2001-05-31
Sorry I can´t quote you verse but I know what God puts in my heart. I can find solitude but there is never stillness or silence. I can´t sing but this morning I woke up with a song about our "Awsome God" in my ears. I take my bible out on my deck and even without traffic the birds sing and the wind blows. In the house there are other natural sounds. I love it because God put life in me and that life sings. I can be alone with God and my thoughts but the Lord always has His music playing in the background.
- Lee James
futbolmamasita writes on 2001-07-31
About three weeks ago, I went to youth camp. I had decided that I would no longer be a singer for God, but a writer and youth person. Well, when I came back, we were driving to work and the song, "I could sing of your love forever" came on. Then on the way home it was on again. Then later that night I was listening to it on my computer. Well, that night before I fell asleep, it came on the radio again. So I prayed about it and sat there and listened to nothing. God told me through that song, to continue to sing for him, plus do the other things he called me to do.
deecee4jaycee writes on 0000-00-00
I think that the real message here is to withdraw from your worldly cares and FOCUS on God....when we focus on God all things fall into place...silence is an unattainable reality for even in "silence" there are sounds....the beating of ones heart, the sounds of breathing, the whisper of wind....but, as I FOCUS and think about God the world grows smaller, sounds seem to disappear, His presence grows nearer and I am amazed.
userlw80 writes on 2002-07-02
I like being still and listening to God especially when the weather is nice and I take a walk in the grass and I look at the birds and I thank God for another day. I love being still and spending time with God.
jive writes on 2002-12-19
I know for me, the time I spend alone with the Lord has a dramatic impact on my entire day. As the father of three children, one of which I home school, the other two are under the age of three, My quite time brings peace, sets my focus and allows me to keep my sanity. Did I mention I also babysit another two children everday, after they get out of school. Drawing close to Jesus is the only place I find rest. It actually took me quite some time, but I have found that discipling myself to start the day off on my face before the Lord is the key to getting through the day and still having hair on my head.
carman2005 writes on 2005-02-19
It seems like in that time when I am silent and waiting for God to answer is the time when your faith comes in. Satan always tries to plant things in your mind to distract your thinking and begin to cause you to doubt your faith. I just keep remember that God has already covered me with His blood and I am in His Mighty right hand and I am safe.
My story by Chris Priebe, 2000-08-12
There was a time in Russia when I was working so hard, so desperately. The time is so short, the ministry is so great, the burden so heavy. I would wake up in the morning, quickly make breakfast, rush through my devotions, fire through team meeting, blast over to the market, nibble on lunch as I jump onto the trolly. Then I would lead a Bible Study, finish it, run off to the next ministry for the King Almighty, crawl back to my apartment, leaf through the Bible, say a short prayer and crash for another night. Then God told me something. "Be still"
"Be still! What do you mean be still? I´m serving you."
"But there is so much to do?"
"But there is so much to THINK about, to plan, to organize, to solve."
"Be still. Be still and KNOW that I am God."
So I sat there in the park and was still. I began to notice some things I did not have time to see before. God made that tree. That branch, twig, leaf, so beautiful and complex. What a great God I serve? What a wonderful cloud? So pure, so lofty, so excellent. God made that cloud, what a great God I worship. What a great person? So kind, so giving, so admirable. God made that person. What a great God I love!
I forgot my problems, my worries, my schedule, I was just sitting there, being, resting, discovering God as if it was for the first time and loving Him incredibly. It was not even always thoughts, it was also just sitting there knowing He is real, He is present, He cares.
It is no wonder God says, "Be still, and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10. What makes it even more interesting is the context it falls within for it the chapter is all about how even though mountains fall into the sea and the waters roar and foam God is our refuge and strength so I need not fear.
There is a story in the Bible where the Israelites where not still within them. It was when the Egyptian army was coming after them and they thought they were all going to die. Imagine the fear that rose within their hearts. But Moses said, "The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." And God parted the sea.
So then it comes back to us. Sometimes we get all worried and the waters of our soul get so muddled that we cannot see things clearly. Be still. Take the time and be quiet before God and you will see things in a new way. Then God shall open the sea before you.
faith writes on 2001-07-04
I´ve often doubted myself when I pray. I KNOW with everything in my heart and soul that God has spoken to me but my mind doubts it. When I read this, I was amazed and glad to know that he does speak to people.
deecee4jaycee writes on 0000-00-00
Father wants to be real to us....and therefore He will stop us fom our own busy-ness. When running about, to and fro, He becomes something we know about but, not someone real. How many times have we heard someone recite John 3:16 ? It becomes rote simply due to the fact that it is usually our first memory verse...I can say it without taking a breath.....but, when I slow down, join with Father and actually see what He has to say it becomes REAL! For God (Father) so loved the world (me) that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus) that whosoever (me) believeth in Him (Jesus) should not perish but have everlasting life. For God (Creator of all) so loved the world (all humans) that He gave (sacrificed on the Cross) His only begotten (born of the virgin Mary) Son (Jesus, fully human-fully God) that whosoever (anyone, whether I like them or not) believeth in Him (Jesus) should not perish (spend eternity apart from God in Hell) but have everlasting life (a place in Heaven with Father, praising Him-worshipping Him-lovin Him). This one exercise could go on forever...
D-lite writes on 2002-05-26
One of my goals has been to create a home environment that offers peace and rest to all who enter. Where someone can come into our home and find a sense of Godís presence. I grew up with seven other siblings, in a home that held no place for peace, stillness, quietness or rest. I remember when I was about 10 years old, I used to go off by myself into a field near our house and lay down flat on the ground amongst the high grass, and then watch the sky and clouds for hours. Or I would go up into the forest on the mountain, and make myself a bed of moss beside a stream and listen to the rushing water and the birds of the forest. ìBe still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.î (Ps 46:10 ).
In those places of stillness, I could think my own thoughts and feel my own heart. I could cry and pray without having anyone intrude. The memory of those times still serves to strengthen my soul today. Often I go back to those same places (in the mind and spirit) during the hectic times. The times I feel completely helpless, but now I invite my friend Jesus into those places with me. When I was a child, I did not know that I did not know Him. Now I know it was God that led me to those places of peace and stillness to restore my soul. The Word commands us to ìbe still,î but often our fears and anxieties scream too loud for us to hear and obey. It is only in His presence that we, like the wind and the waves can obey the sound of His voice. ìHe got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ëQuiet! Be still!í. Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.î (Mark 4:39 ). ìThere remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God¥s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.î (Heb 4:9-10 ). May our lives reflect His peace and rest daily.
seekker writes on 2003-03-17
I have discovered that when I am still and resting in God¥s Presence, that no matter what is going on around me, His peace that passes all understanding gives me the ability to see things more clearly and accurately. When I am filled with anxiety or stress or worry, then my vision and my thought processess are so busy they crowd out everything else, including anything my Father might be trying to to say to me, or teach me.
It¥s not an easy process to stop anxious or worrisome thoughts ... I have learned that I cannot do this in my own strength. So, I have learned to acknowledge my inability to not worry or be anxious, and then I ask Him to crucify my anxiousness or worry, and then to fill me with His Wisdom and His Peace. I take the time to enter into His Presence, sit as His feet and rest there ... not talking or asking or prayer, but rather just resting and listening to what He would say to me at that given moment ...
sue p writes on 2005-11-14
I know how you felt. The year after I came to Christ I went on 6 short-term mission trips and was praying to go on more or to go full-time. I heard 3 things 1) Wait 2)I will send you, you will not need to go out and get the mission 3) learn about me. I slowed down slightly but I continued to long to leave and worried about when it would be. Then he sent me Psalms 37:7
"Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself...... Now my daily prayer is to be still and rest in the Lord.
Draw near to listen rather than offer sacrifice of fools by Chris Priebe, 2000-08-12
The Bible has a lot to say about what we say. In fact the word tongue appears 113 times in the NKJV Click here to see it
The writer of Ecclesiastes gives some very helpful advice when he says "Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong." (Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 )
How much wiser we would be if we spent time listening.
deecee4jaycee writes on 0000-00-00
Ecclesiastes 5:1-3; - Draw near to listen rather than offer sacrifice of fools
What are the many ways to listen? A good listener FOCUSES on the one speaking, concentrating until the speaker is finished, thinks about what is being said before interjecting his own thoughts, cares about the one speaking and realizes the importance of a shared moment. How awesome would our lives be if we LISTENED to God this way.
We must be careful of staying overly busy by restless_poet, 2001-03-23
" As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord´s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don´t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"
"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
In this passage I am reminded that busy-ness is not always Godliness! Sometimes staying busy can be a way of avoiding our vital intimacy with the Lord, and can ease our conscience about it, by "doing things" for Him. It can actually hinder those much-needed quiet times with Him, and keep us completely blinded to the fact that we´re missing something, because we´re doing so much FOR Him!
Martha wanted to do so many things for the Lord, but Mary just sat in adoration at His feet and soaked His presence in. If Martha had FIRST sat quietly at Jesus´ feet, she would have found herself refreshed, strengthened, and enabled to work for the Lord in HIS strength, and not her own. Often this is where we mis-step! It is good to work for the Lord, but it must be in harmony with times of rest and adoration and listening. That way, it will be HIS strength and HIS presence working in us, and not something of our flesh. After all, Jesus said we can´t do anything apart from Him... and that´s a very light and joyful burden to bear!
Edwin writes on 0000-00-00
You aren¥t kidding. Before i left home for College i was always watching television, adn i thought that this would continue into college; however once i got here, i became just too busy for it. Then i became depressed and tried to kill myself. Without the television i had the time to just sit and figure out life. I never had the ability to read the bible. I couldn¥t just sit there and read those words cause i got so bored. Now knowing that those words are explaining to me what i am supposed to do for teh one that saved me, i read them every chance that i got. Now when i go to my parents condo at the beach, or when i have free time at school, i don¥t turn on the television. In fact if someone else turns it on i go into the other room, or put on my headphones with Christian Music, and read the bible. The bible is so much more interesting cause it applies to my life and it is true. It is not depressing or degrading in any way like the stuff that is on television today. I am only 18 now and i have never felt better... Television may be an escape to life to some, but to me it was a deterrent from the really important things.
hugapoohlouise writes on 0000-00-00
I agree. When I get too busy, I can feel myself falling away from God. I have to slow down my life. By either scheduling time to be with God or just stopping what I am doing and praying whole heartedly to God for guidance. It is an easy thing to do. When I left my job to stay at home with my new baby, I thought Oh, I will have all this time to spend with God. Wrong, no matter what you do you still have to make time to spend with God and never take that time for granted.
deecee4jaycee writes on 0000-00-00
I work until late at night and so does my spouse..he is a police officer and is often up all hours of the night as well, we sleep later than most people and the day is usually demanding attention when we awake....the phone is ringing, the mail is arriving, no breakfast because lunch needs fixing for the oldest daughter...I insist that the T.V. not be turned on until I have read the Word but, what about my time with you Lord?
A funny thing happened on the way to my day--
I discovered a time where the world could not
My resolve to hearken to your voice and to pray,
My heart screamed in triumph! For I¥ve now found the way...
There¥s a place that I go to each lovely A.M.--
And no one can enter this time I give to Him,
No phones can be found there, no mailmen looking grim,
I can pray there and worship or sing a great hymn.
For no one can enter in my prayerful retreat,
See the water is too hot, hubby can¥t take the heat!
And all alone in my shower I tenderly greet,
My creator, my Father, my dear Saviour so sweet.
This is not meant to make light of prayer time and I do have other times alone...silent times...but, this just came to mind in the context of MAKE time for God! I really do love my shower time though....even though the family gripes that there is no hot water left, especially if I have a lot on my heart!
taximan writes on 2006-03-20
This is a subject quite close to my heart because I have been strongly convicted in my heart recently about the importance of doing things from a right motive.
In 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 we are told in so many words that even if we are doing all the right things, even to the point of giving our all for the sake of others, if it is not rooted in love we gain nothing from our actions. This shook me a little at first because I became unsure of what was actually motivating me a lot of the time. Jeremiah 17:9 confirmed this fear!
The reason I feel this is relevant to this topic is that I found the answer to my dilemma in a simple statement made in 1 John 4:19 "We love because he first loved us." It became apparent to me that if I was prepared to be still for a while and whole heartedly ask the Holy Spirit to reveal His love for me personally in my heart, this revelation of love would then be the platform for my actions to be built upon.
Since that time I have felt this truth to be virtually like hearing the Gospel for the first time! Whenever the slightest amount of doubt, turmoil or attack comes into my life, I just drop everything and cry out for this revelation of love in my heart. The amazing thing is that it nearly always comes immediately, and always leaves me bubbling over with confidence and joy that all that I am doing is for the right reasons and from the right motive.
The important thing though is that it only ever comes when I make the choice to lay down everything else and step back into a position of trust first!