Posted by: mikenicholsblog | October 29, 2009

be still and know

Have you ever noticed how noisy your life journey has become?  Nonstop vehicles of communication have overtaken our world, and we love it. From twitter to facebook to our deep love of cell phones and anything technological, we have taken a major turn on the path toward eliminating the solitude of life that we so desperately need. It would be less than honest of me to say that I am not caught in that very same web.  I need, as do you, a sense of quiet in our lives that tunes our ear to the Father’s voice.  Distractions (even good ones) will pull at the relationship every believer in Christ wants with the Father. Our Father desires for us to know Him, and wants to be the first priority of relationship on our journey.

When the issues of life get really tough, we want God on “speed dial”.  Needing the Father in this way, reminds me of an instance that happened many years ago, walking my daughter to school. As we entered the front doors of the school, she fell and hurt her leg quite badly. Immediate tears and pain jarred dad into action. My desire to protect, and make her better went into overdrive. Nobody else needed to help her, I would!

It remains important to me, even after all these years, that I was needed to calm her down and meet her at that moment of pain. My father moment begs the question, “Who else but your heavenly Father can really calm your spirit and heal your hurts?”  The noise generated by distractions in our lives so often drowns out the voice of a God who desperately wants to speak peace to our hearts.  Stop for a minute, get quiet, and meditate on a verse that can give perspective to the will of the Father, and what He wants from us …

Psalm 46:10a (NIV)
Be still and know that I am God;

Psalm 46:10a (NASB)
Cease striving and know that I am God;

Psalm 46:10 (MSG)
Step out of the traffic! Take a long
loving look at Me, your High God,
above politics, above everything

In the context of danger and turmoil, what does God say? Whether you prefer “be still” or “cease striving” the intent is clear. Do nothing! Know God! The Message paints a great visual. “Take a long loving look at Me”! Are you getting to know the Father better? Or are the distractions and turmoil drowning out the Father’s voice? “Be still”!  “Cease striving”! The Creator of heaven and earth wants to speak peace. And I believe you want to hear Him.

My role is not to tell you how to grow in silence and solitude with the Father. But honest hearts will confess whether they are being distracted from His voice. He is the author of the solution, and you don’t have to look any farther than Psalm 46:10 to find His answer.

All the new technologies are fun, and also have the potential to be a great source of spiritual good. But they are never to pull us from the one true Source of all spiritual good. Don’t wait for really tough times to develop a quiet heart. Be still, and just maybe “the things of earth will grow strangely dim”, and the peace and joy of the Father will engulf your life.



  1. This is one of my biggest struggles lately! I made the mistake of waiting until the really tough times came, but how wonderful it is to know that it is never too late with Jesus! Thanks for the great message!

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