Hey it’s great to be back. You probably didn’t know, but last week I was able to take a week of vacation and spent the entire time with a group of friends from the church, fishing in Canada! What a beautiful and peaceful place. We were so far removed from civilization that we had to make the last leg of our journey via a plane with pontoons that landed on the lake we fished all week!
As a departure from our normal course of study, I thought I would share a little about the trip and a few things that the Lord spoke to me in the quiet of Northern Ontario.
During the week, we were completely removed from our technology driven, fast-paced world. We had no electricity, no drinkable water, no indoor plumbing, and no cell phones with Internet access, e-mail, text, and calendars. It was awesome! It is amazing how controlled we can become by technology and the busyness and routines of our modern lives. During the course of the week, the Holy Spirit brought a single verse of scripture through my mind over and over again.
It’s found in Psalm 46:10 and says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
What strikes me as profound is the requirement that we “Be still” in order for us to “know” that God is God. For me, the irony comes from the thought that the most magnificent, powerful, unchanging deity can be pushed from our consciousness by the tiny, mundane, gadgets and routines that fill our lives. And yet, that is our reality. It’s how we are made. The mountain can be unseen because of the molehill. We can block out the moon with our thumb because of the proximity of our thumb. It can be the same with God. If we allow all of the cares of this world to get “close” to our thoughts and hearts they can seem much bigger than they actually are and given enough concentration, can completely block our view of the great and awesome Father who is actually closer than any of these momentary troubles. When that happens, we are ready to be defeated and can become almost completely useless in the work of God in the earth.
You see, all of our character, perseverance, strength, and vision comes from God. When we loose sight of him, those things quickly disappear as well.
How do we restore those things in our lives? We find a place and get still! We begin to de-clutter our lives and begin to refresh ourselves with the Word of God and the Holy Spirit makes the Father real in our minds once again!
Therefore, find a regular place and time to sit quietly in the Lord’s Presence and simply “BE STILL”!