Be Still, Final Hurried Thoughts on Silence

I cannot express my gratitude that for that Monday night I described three blogs back. God reached into the hurry of my life and reminded me He is in fact still there. I was reminded that the Word of God is indeed alive. I was reminded that apart from Him I can do no good thing. I was reminded the blessedness of silence and reflection. I was reminded of the joy of obedience. I was graciously reminded just how desperately I needed to be still.

There is a laundry list of reasons why we should be still: guidance, motivation, comfort, correction, creativity, insight, hope, joy, peace, and the like. However none of these reasons fully addresses why I should be still. Perhaps the easy answer to the question is that God says so. Yet, easy answers to deep questions are an affront to the merciful spark that calls us to stillness, to ponder the deep mysteries of God.

I find that each time I seek stillness there was something unique and wonderful waiting for me. Sometimes I need to crawl into Abba’s lap and just know that He is there. Sometimes I need to hear the echo of Calvary as Jesus proclaims that I am the one He loves. Other times, I need to wrestle with the heart-wrenching question of why and hear silence instead of an answer. And sometimes I just need to know that I am still His, despite myself.

But I do not know what your reason is. I only know, no I only believe, that it is right. That deep within us all, there is that merciful spark begging us to stop and listen, to stop striving and to be still. I pray each of you discover the divine silence of God. I pray that in the midst of the world falling apart all around us, that we would find the cosmic importance of this simple command. I pray that a spark of mercy would awaken you to the living words of the Almighty, “Be still and know that I am God.”

Michael is a busy person surrounded by grace. He is a student at Denver Seminary and an aspiring church planter. You can read his blog, A Sprig of Hope, by clicking here.

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4 responses to “Be Still, Final Hurried Thoughts on Silence

  1. John Moyer

    Quiet…on a very practical pathway, is what I teach at CU School of Medicine to students in their formative years interacting with their patients.
    They need a skill set that involves being quiet, not interupting, listening and then reflecting back what they have heard the patient say. Letting the patient be confident they have been heard. It builds rapport, trust, the doctor is listening, which is so critically important in gathering information, being accurate. I think this applies.
    So often physicians are hurried, shortcut, spend little time listening, miss a lot of thoughts, feelings, and values. It may take another 90 seconds to be empathic, listen well.

    • Michael Gallup

      Listening is indeed the next step after silence. I’m encouraged to hear how you have instilled this important discipline into your students practices.

  2. Georgie-ann

    God is not broken, and never was. The world, due to satan’s interference and manipulations, IS broken, as is our own fleshly component (the senses and mind), through which we touch and experience and interpret most of the things of this world.

    The “scientific” lies and philosophies of recent centuries, which attempt to portray this broken “playing field” that we can observe and interact with physically, as being “all there is,” are very misleading — even acting like a very powerful “suggestive drug” on our psyche, holding us captive in a hypnotic trance of delusion and darkness, that our beloved God, and Loving Father and Creator of All, does not exist.

    Such lies are the basis of atheism, philosophies of despair, futility, and alienation — the psychological “sicknesses” of “modern thinking” — and form the basis of a rationalized hedonistic “anything goes” style of living, which we unfortunately suffer from currently in big irresistible waves, culturally and politically. In fact, we seem to be drowning in blind, hedonistic overload, more and more each day.

    And then we are surprised, (and blame God — even though He supposedly doesn’t exist!), when all kinds of troubles overtake us, in this ruptured setting.

    “Father does know best” — an old and appropriate adage — and God, our Loving Father, has given us His Wisdom in His Living Word, to explain all of this situation which we experience.

    There are special times when many of us are blessed to actually “sense God” in our lives, but our Anchor is found in learning of Him through His Word — especially valuable for those times when it is difficult to “feel His Presence.” We hold on to His Truth as the firm foundation for our lives, to guide us when “the storms” of this (broken) life blow.

    And He surely counsels us to, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) He longs to “know us” in this way, as much as we should desire to “know Him.”

  3. elna

    Psalm 131
    O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
    my eyes are not raised too high;
    I do not occupy myself with things
    too great and too marvelous for me.
    2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
    like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child is my soul within me.

    3 O Israel, hope in the Lord
    from this time forth and forevermore.

    Spurgeon said : This psalm is about forgiveness, and forgiveness should humble us.
    Ps 131 has always been ‘connected’ to Ps 46.10 for me. This is how to be still before God…by trusting in God and finding my ‘space’ with God…in humble adoration before Him for saving me, and accepting me through the grace of the blood of Jesus Christ.

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