“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
Stillness is the absence of noise, motion and distraction. The fatal disease of these times is that God’s people do not know stillness; indeed the very word “disease” is self explanatory; dis–ease. In the raging torrent of noise and activity that surrounds us in the modern world, stillness is almost impossible to be found; no less so for Christians who are caught up in the modern world’s hyperactive distractions of living and working.
We need stillness every day so that we can renew our knowledge of, and intimacy with, God and allow Him to fill our souls with His peace as we empty them of self. It is no accident that Jesus drew to Himself shepherds and fishermen, people occupied away from the clamour of the towns and the market place. The only condition to Christ’s presence is that we get ourselves still enough to hear His voice and that we heed what we are told.
As we draw near to Him the distractions of our humanity evaporate; no longer are we educated or unlearned, man or woman, cultured or common, black or white, Greek or Jew, modern or old fashioned. We stand as stood Adam and Eve; sinners before Him, outside the Garden and desperately in need of a Saviour. He stands ready; be still!