BE STILL

Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalms 46.10

Slow down! We need to be quick to listen and slow to speak. James 1.19  When we speak – slow down. After all, talking is about getting an idea out of my head and into someone else’s head and has little to do with having “said my piece>”  I need to make sure I have heard them and they have heard me.

For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall
ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not. Isaiah 30.15.

Young people today get on a cell phone and rattle away so fast that the listener misses about half of what they say. Maybe, for them, talking is about taking turns making noise and not about the communication. After all, televisions sets are used as decoration to cover up our loneliness and the fact that no real relating is going on. Why not fill the void with chatter to decrease the sensation of loneliness.

I would love to go to a cabin in the woods and take a pen paper and Bible and just listen. It would probably drive me crazy for a while, as my life is so full, but I’m sure it would make it easier to hear the Lord and get to know Him.

I’ve found that people are not used to being listened to. When they talk to me, I deliberately let them finish what they are saying, except to clarify that I have heard them correctly. I then speak back to them what I have heard and ask if I heard correctly. When I reply I speak slowly and with as few words as possible. I try to show by what I say that I have heard them, see their point and have a few thoughts that relate. I try to affirm all they have said that was wise or honest or helpful. It is important to speak softly and gently. The Bible says that a soft answer turns away anger. Proverbs 15.1  When I am finished, I ask them to share what they have heard me say.

REMEMBER there is no point talking at all if an idea is not transferred from one mind and spirit to the other to be considered.

2 Timothy 2.25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

It is so hard to leave the outcome in God’s hands. We try to force the other to agree or understand our view, by raising our voice, saying the same thing over and over, gathering the troops to back us up, pouting etc.

I love Paul’s lack of need to argue the truth, as he remembers that it is the Holy Spirit’s job to persuade and our job to speak boldly, clearly, but not yelling.

Philippians 3.12  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye
be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ
Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do],
forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things
which are before,I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ
Jesus .Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow
after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ
Jesus.

Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye
be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

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4 thoughts on “BE STILL

  1. How do you do this for every situations? I know right now for me this is getting really hard…. Everyone is telling me that I need to slow down, and in reply I try not to but I cant seem to not get angry at them for it…. I know and understand their concerns but at the same time they do not listen to my end of it or if they do it goes in one ear and out the other…. It makes me mad.Sorry that I didn’t reply before this. I’ll bet you are overwhelmingly busy getting ready for your wedding day.

    Reply: The phrase Be Still and know that I am God does not necessarily refer to the amount of things in our day or how rapidly we talk or how energetically we approach life. You know that my life is about as packed as it is possible to be and now I am dreaming of starting a church similar to the one Daniel describes that he is part of. The Still part is on the inside as we are busily serving God and others. See my blog on putting on our armor every day. If we go through the day resting in the fact that God has already taken care of the truly important things and then grab ahold of what He has for us in the present and commune with Him as we go crying out help, thanks and show me your will: then we will have a pleasant stillness in the middle of the storm. As to others truly listening, most people listen only for the noise coming from your mouth to stop so that they may impart their superior wisdom. Make sure you listen to others and show that by clarifying what they have said, affirming that which is helpful and before voicing a difference show how your reply addresses what they have said. It also helps to know that personal anger, as opposed to being angry at how sin hurts those we love, makes no sense in the light of the fact that my sins put Jesus on the cross and yet He loves me and forgave me, therefore rights make no sense.
    Look foreward to your big day

  2. Wonderful article. Whilst I won’t say that all young people talk at 100mph (some are monosyllabic mumblers!) I agree that many of us are so used to the incessant noise around us that we develop a fear of silence.

    And yet silence is what God is prescribing for our soul. Really enjoyed this encouraging post. Bless you.

  3. Couple of questions; 1.) Why don’t you put a colon between chapter and verse. (i.e. PSALMS 42*:*10) 2.) You are using Authorized KJV from 1611 correct? Why not mention that or show it? e.g. (2 Timothy 2:15-16 KJV)

    I know that was more than a couple, thanks!

    Sincerely,

    Sam M

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