And Moses said to them, “Stand still, that I may hear what the Lord will command concerning you.” Numbers 9:8
The most uncomfortable place I’ve been in have been times when there has been no movement. You know what I mean, it’s like summertime where the atmosphere is heavy with humidity and the heat is almost oppressive. We’ve all experienced it and no one enjoys it, especially when it goes on for months.
The first thing I want to do is escape, anywhere there’s air conditioning will do. Most people have AC in their homes now, but I remember a time when the only escape was laying on the floor in front of a fan or playing in the hose in the back yard.
There are seasons in our lives where there is no movement and we wonder, have we missed God? What’s going on? But it’s in those times when we need to stand still so we can hear the voice of the Lord. Just because things aren’t comfortable doesn’t mean it’s time to move. Feelings shouldn’t be our motivation to affect change in our lives.
Those are times when we should turn inward, not outward. To hear what the Spirit is speaking, we must be still. The dictionary defines this word as; remaining in place or at rest; motionless; stationary: free from sound or noise, as a place or persons; silent: subdued or low in sound; hushed.
Remaining in place or rest is hard for me. I can do it if I’ve got a good book or am watching a good movie, but to do it free from sound, noise or people, not so much! It’s something I’ve had to train myself to do in very small increments. Some personalities love it but I’m not one of them.
But here’s the reward of that stillness; I hear the voice of God deep in my spirit, bringing peace, giving direction, making me smile. He’s showing me things I can’t know on my own. He’s bringing freedom in areas I was held captive. When I don’t know, He knows and that’s good enough for me.
Does God still speak when I’m moving? Yes! But I’m more focused when I’m not and that focus isn’t on the things that need to be done. No, I push that aside and close my eyes and allow His presence to wash over me. It’s there I hear His voice. It’s there I feel His breath on my neck as He whispers direction. I love that!
It is not rare to hear Your voice for You are always speaking. What is rare is that we take time to hear what You’re saying. For the times I’ve been too busy, I’m sorry. May I always be a listener, tuned into Your voice. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.