8- (August 18) Calm & Quiet

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Psalm 62

We live in a frenetic world. The number one thing you quickly learn about people is how busy and tired they are. Virtually every conversation in-cludes a rehearsal of items that have been done and are expected to be done immediately, if not sooner.Some things are necessary. Some are not. Some folks are pressed by family and job expectations; some things we engineer ourselves into and then suffer the consequences. Yet scripture holds up silence, which in Psalm 65:5 also holds the meaning of quietness, relaxation, rest, and stillness, as an environment in which meaningful communion with God can happen. Other similar texts include Lamentations 3:26; Psalm 37:7, 46:10; and Habakkuk 2:20.
Even Romans 10:17 lets us know that faith comes by hearing the Word. And that can be hard against a cacophony of noise, much of which we produce or bring upon ourselves.
Are you getting any silent, relaxing times? More to the point, are you setting aside time when, in stillness, you can spend moments seeking God’s direction for your life? Here are five occasions (and there are many more which could be mentioned) when times of stillness and listening are vital:
When disturbances, big and little, enter our lives-
When decisions must be made-
When giving counsel to others-
When planning-
When evaluating our own spiritual growth-
No one denies the press and hustle of modern life. Which is why it is more important than ever that we seize time to be alone with God, listening through His Word and allowing His Spirit to make application to our circumstances. Have you listened to-day?