In the past week, I have read John Mark Comers The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry. It seems as if overstimulation and a life of hurry blocks out our awareness of the unseen world.
The Psalmist said, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). The Hebrew word raphah which is translated “be still” means relax, withdraw, let drop, let go, and to be quiet. The psalmist lived in a time before television, radio, computers, iPads, iPods, and smart phones. And even he understood that if one is to hear the “still small voice” of God, it is necessary to still one’s heart and shut down the distractions that surround us.
The overstimulation of our senses in this day is hindering us from hearing the voice of God. How difficult it is to shut down all of the distractions that surround us today?
Permit me to ask you a question, not everyone else, you, and you alone? How often do you shut down all of your electronic gizmos with the single intent of becoming still that you might hear the “still small voice” of God? When is the last time you spent an hour in stillness before God?
I constantly hear Christians expressing the desire to hear from God and yet how can He get a word in edgewise when they are distracted by buzzing cell phones or background music that drowns out the “still small voice” (I Kings 19:12).
Do you truly want to hear the voice of God? What price are you willing to pay? Know this, it is in stillness that He is found. What price are you willing to pay?
“For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel has said, ‘In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15).