Recently God revealed to me the importance of finding a quiet place. I’m sure like many I experience times when I have really struggled to hear God’s voice. In our desperation we often place the blame on our Almighty Father for not speaking into our lives and directing our paths; we ask God to “reveal himself” and “speak clearly”; we pin the responsibility on Him.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10
God is very clear in His instruction in hearing from Him. In order to really know that He is God we must first learn to be still. In today’s society it is almost impossible to be still; even if we are not on the move, our minds are always busy. This generation, the “now” generation, is always busy. Experts believe that we have a culture of being busy:
“a full Outlook calendar seems to have replaced the sports car as the new status symbol. Being busy means you’re important, needed, valued.”
The busyness of our culture distracts us from what is really important. Busyness becomes a sin when it replaces God in our lives; sometimes we can idolise the desire to look and feel busy instead of the need to be disciplined and focussed.
” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:41-42
God recognises our nature to put off putting Him on; and this is why He calls us to be still first; to see Him above the other things in our lives. Being still means to consecrate ourselves away from the things of this world; and to connect our spirit with the Spirit of God; to rest in His presence.
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. – Luke 5:16
Jesus was a busy man; the Bible tells us that news of Him had spread and large crowds gathered to hear Him and to receive healing. We might feel busy at times but imagine being in demand from thousands of people. And yet Jesus still found the time to go to the wilderness, where there were no distractions, to spend time with the Father. It goes against our nature, but being Christ-like is not always easy. Sometimes Jesus would go up on a mountain side to pray and I believe we can learn from this; that to elevate our relationship with God, above all of the things that consume our time, our thoughts; to go to a higher place, with God, is to choose the better thing.