Do you fidget? Do you fuss? Are you unable to sit still? Are you unable to tolerate silence?
There are times to go, to do, to play, to work.
But there are times we need to just be.
Specifically, to be still.
Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
To stand still.
To sit still.
To just be with God.
Like Mary. Luke 10:39 – “And [Martha] had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.”
Mary had an opportunity – to be distracted by doing (40a) or to be devoted by sitting.
And she chose to be devoted.
To just be with Jesus.
To hear His truth.
To know His love.
To be in His presence.
To be near His grace.
And Jesus honored her choice. Luke 10:42 – “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
No one can take away the goodness and the grace you experience in God’s presence.
No one can take away the love God pours over you in His presence.
No one can take away the peace and purpose you find in God’s presence.
Your strength is in God’s presence. Isaiah 40:29-31 – “29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
Your security is in God’s presence. Psalm 91:1-2,5-6 – “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’… 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.”
Your salvation is in God’s presence. Exodus 14:13-14 – 13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
Your surety is in God’s presence. Isaiah 40:4-5 – “4 Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth; 5 The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken”
All from just being still.
Just being with God.
Where does you start?
Make a choice to stop and sit.
Make a decision to pause and pray.
Make a commitment to be still and be with God.
Tune out the distractions – the chores, the obligations, the have-to thoughts.
Tune out the voices – of your mistakes, of others, of the enemy.
Then sit down.
And just be with God.
He is waiting to be with you.
And He has promised us over and over again that it is more than worth our time.
Marie Fremin. 1/1/17