“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
Life has slowed down for me in a sense. A simple conversation with God has become so important to me. Lately, I’ve been studying the concept of having a conversation with God. I heard someone recently talk about pulling up a chair and having a conversation with God. The concept is so simple, and yet, as Christians, we find it hard to do. We want to audibly hear the voice of God. But sometimes, just the stillness of being in His presence is what we need. In order to be still in His presence, we need to quiet our hearts and minds and think of things that are above, not on the influx of noise that surrounds us.
This is really challenging for me. I’m always thinking of what’s next, what my schedule is filled with, and why my schedule is always changing. It’s difficult to quiet my mind. It’s not that I can’t sit there and be quiet, but the concept of quieting my mind for five minutes is a struggle.
In order for true and meaningful fellowship with God to happen, I have to be able to allow Him to search my heart and mind. We can never work for our salvation but we can work toward being more Christlike. Yet, that’s not an easy thing to do. To do so, we have to study the person and habits of Jesus Himself — a man who often took time to be quiet before the Father.
There are many different passages of Scripture where we see how God works in moments of stillness. Jesus fasted and prayed by Himself in the desert before and during the time He was tempted by the devil. Then before He was crucified, Jesus went into the mountains and prayed by Himself. In the Old Testament we watch as Daniel went into his room three times a day to pray before God. And then think of Sampson: When Sampson’s hair was cut and he was chained to the building in a humiliated state, he gave up his own strength and spoke to God. God was then given glory when the building collapsed in justice, destroying those who had once mocked him. We also see God place rebellious Jonah in the belly of a whale for three whole days, requiring him to be still as God spoke to him about what He wanted from his life. There are countless examples of God speaking to His people in the still and quiet place.
This year, there’s been a lot of noise. I want nothing more than to be still before God to hear His voice, leading me where He wants me to be.
— Kelvin Beachum, Arizona Cardinals left tackle
Kelvin Beachum is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Kelvin’s Increase profile here.
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