Forced Stillness

Sometimes, God will force a stillness on you. Stillness is critical to our relationship with God. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” The way to know God is to be still or “cease striving” as the term means. And we are a striving people.

Striving is what our flesh does; but stillness is what our soul craves— and God knows it. He knows it’s critical for us to be still in his presence; spending intentional time listening to Him in His Word, because that’s the way we come to truly know our God. In fact, if we, God’s children, don’t learn to quiet ourselves and get still in his presence, he’ll force a stillness on us… kind of like a Holy Time Out.

Look at this passage from Job 37—

God thunders with his voice in marvelous ways;
he does great things beyond our understanding.
For to the snow he says, ‘Fall to earth,’
and to the torrential rains, ‘Pour down.’
He causes everyone to stop working, so that all people may know his work.
Job 37:5-7, NET

The snowfall, the downpour of the rain…forces a stillness on us by God’s design so that we may know Him, and consider His ways, be awed by His wonders…and in so doing, we cultivate intimacy with the Almighty.

Be still (cease striving, push away the distractions),
and know (get to know Him intimately, by experience),
that I am God (know who He is, and that He is everything).

I love y’all!
xo – P♥️