We live in a world that explodes with noise. Are there in fact any quiet places left free from the noise of mankind. We are surrounded by so many unnatural noises with our beeping, buzzing, ringing, nudging, devices. We have appliances such as our refrigerators that hum so constantly that we don’t even notice. Many of us live within earshot of traffic, or other noise generating technology. We have become unaware of how noisy our world actually is until we try to find some quiet space. We’ve grown accustomed to the din.
The same can be said for when we try to sit and spend time quietly with Jesus. Even when we dull down the sounds around us, there is for many the noise of a busy mind and heart that often overrides the quiet voice of God speaking.
Times spent quietly with God can fail because even if we want to the noise around and within us shouts for attention, and we quickly become distracted. We’ve learnt to hear the voice of the world in the constant chatter and noise; but have we learnt to hear God’s voice in the quiet.
In the quiet is where God restores our soul. It is in the quietness that we are made strong. He is the one that calls us to be still so that He can bring rest and peace to our busy minds and hearts.
Psalm 23 encourages us to be led to quiet places.
“The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want. He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still and quiet waters. He refreshes and restores my soul (my life);He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. (Psalm 23:1-2 Amplified version)
Think about the past 24 hours of your life. How much quiet have you had? What noise in your life keeps you from hearing God’s voice?
Try this challenge – for one week. Spend five minutes each day sitting with Jesus in quiet. Don’t read, petition or recite off your list of thoughts and requests to Him. Just sit and absorb the quiet and focus on Him. What might He say when you stop long enough in the quiet to listen?
May you take time to allow Him to restore you and to bring you strength. For “In quietness and confident trust is your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)
To help you to take the steps to quietness, have a listen to “In the quiet” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzuHsX4YecY
Prayer: Lord please help me to find you in the quiet. To take the time to still my heart and mind each day so that I might simply sit with you. In Jesus Name. Amen.