“Be still…” (Ps. 46:10, ESV).
Today’s entertainment culture has consumers in a never-ending pursuit of constant stimulation. Ever more impressive graphics in movies and video games excite our senses. The industry sells us experiences that perpetually leave us in search of the next, more exhilarating audio-visual thrill.
The end result is a generation that is entirely uncomfortable with silence and solitude. The forfeiture of these commodities is an unspeakable loss. What has been relinquished? Some of the greatest wealth any human being could ever appropriate: that to be found in the cultivation of a quiet, tranquil soul.
Tragically, the titillation of our brains with excessive stimuli has distracted us from the life that is truly life. The “life more abundantly” that the Father longs to give us includes the beautiful gifts of:
- Quiet, still waters: “He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters” (Ps. 23:2, NIV).
- Quiet, peaceful lives: “…That we may live peaceful and quiet lives…” (1 Tim. 2:2, NIV).
- Quiet, calm souls: “Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul…” (Ps. 131:2, NKJV).
- Quiet, gentle spirits: “…The ageless beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit…” (1 Peter 3:4, GNT).
Though this last one is tucked into a Scripture directed specifically to women, the passage holds a truth that is universal. That is, that the serene spirit is one of the mightiest forces on earth. As the preceding verses point out, the mere presence of a person exuding the fruit of gentle quietude in this way is enough to win over an unbeliever to faith… without ever speaking a single word. Just being in their supernaturally peaceful vicinity is that compelling.
Would you like to be one of those people? You can be! In some cases, it may require a lifestyle overhaul. If you quickly become edgy and unsettled when you find yourself alone in the silence of your bedroom, then it may be time for a major change. Silent solitude is probably exactly what you need to build into your life. Jesus wants to teach you to be utterly at ease in just His company – and your own – in complete stillness.
It’s in the quiet that we can hear His voice. He is always speaking, but so often the noise of our unhealthily busy lives drowns out His words. If we earnestly want to hear Him, we must covet silence. We must give anything to have it. We must war against everything that would steal it from us.
Lean in today. Listen intently to His invitation:
“…Think deeply about this, when you lie in silence on your beds” (Ps. 4:4, TEV).
“Be still, and know that I am God…” (Ps. 46:10, ESV).
Have you and silence become good friends?