[be still, be silent]

I read this line in a blog the other day, “Our modern life has been summed up in three words: hurry, worry, and bury.” We are in a society that demands 5G networks, internet access in our parks, and wearing business attire like a badge of honor . We end our days collapsing in bed in total exhaustion. We know the Bible calls us to “be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) and we scream, “Yes, that is what I want!” Yet, do we really want it? Is this just a mental assent to what the Bible states as being good, but knowing in practicality—it is an impossibility? I have been with people who dominate the conversation (some probably say that I am one of those.) We probably don’t say anything to their face about it but, we do avoid certain subjects with them. Why then do we feel the need to be like this when we come into the presence of God? Is it alright to just sit in meditation on what the Bible says, or just worship Him quietly? The prophet Habakkuk was going through an incredible intense time of national emergency, yet when he was able to disconnect from society, he saw the power of his God and made the statement, “BUT the Lord is in His Holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him.” (Habakkuk 2:20.) Habakkuk’s ability to disconnect changed perspective and brought a new reality to the situation he found himself in. How do we get there? As a congregation, we are going to start to incorporate times of silence into our services. Times to “be still and know that He is God.” I believe this will help restore an awe for meeting together in the temple of our God. On the home front, put the phone down for five minutes. Turn the television off. Go outside (or in another room) and just think about God. Take a Bible verse with you that has a promise that He has given you and thank Him for it. It is not a time for asking for anything, but only one thing, “I want to know you better.” Psalm 19:9,10 alludes to the fact that knowing God in awesomeness and fear is more precious than gold. Isn’t it amazing that people say “Silence is golden”? It is not the silence in itself, but the release of “hurry, worry, and bury” into a realization that our God is an awesome God.

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