Thursday, March 1, 2012

Turn Down the Volume of the World

I have made a commitment for over a week to embrace the verse “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10). It has been really good for me. I've included some text written by Pastor Gary Oates that has inspired my quiet times:

“The wording ‘be still’ literally means to cease from striving. It means to let go and relax. It means to turn down the volume of the world and listen to the quiet whisper of God. It’s getting still and coming into a place of rest. It’s entering into His rest and soaking in His presence. The result is that you will know He is God.

“The word ‘know’ is literally an experiential knowledge of God. It’s not being still and you’ll know about God, it’s be still and you will experientially know God. You will experience God. You will know the Presence of God.

“Intimacy begins when we pursue Him no matter what our circumstances are. He really wants us to get to the end of ourselves—and our circumstances—and have nowhere else to turn but to Him. Intimacy will surely follow.”

So I've been working on this. I've been getting before the Lord and spending time with Him. I haven’t pursued a big prayer list, or poured out my woes, or anything typical. But I have “been still”. It’s proven to be way harder than I thought it would be, especially when my head is full and my thoughts are hard to slow down, or when I’m tired and I can’t seem to think straight. But I’m going after the end of myself.  I think it’s a worthy quest. 

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