“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth,’” Psalm 46:10.
Being still in God’s presence sounds wonderful, but it’s such an unfamiliar practice in our busy culture. I’ve received several emails with variations of this question:
“I want to be still in God’s presence, but it’s so hard! I can’t seem to stop the buzzing thoughts in my head, and it’s frustrating!”
“I like the idea of spending five minutes in stillness before God, but I cannot just not think about anything. Any time I try to quiet my mind, I start singing a song or thinking of a Bible verse. Am I doing it wrong?”
As long as you’re worshipping “in the spirit and in truth,” different methods will work in different seasons of life. It was hard for me at first to quiet my mind enough to find stillness, but it’s something I cherish now. Also, I think it’s important to remember that the goal is not a Zen meditative state where our minds disconnect from our bodies. That’s not in any way biblical. Rather, the goal is to “let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts” and minds by submitting all we are to Him and allowing His stillness to refresh our souls.
In this fast-paced world, we rarely get to experience stillness and peace, but Scriptures so often speaks to the importance of resting in God’s presence.
Here are eight ideas that might help as you pursue God in stillness:
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