Be Still Know
‘Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.’
Discovering God’s preferences can be difficult. I might say that I am comfortable living God’s way, but that may only be through careful manoeuvring and well intentioned self deceit that I can convince myself that my way is God’s Way. The problems emerge as the storms of life arrive, which they most surely will.
So finding what is rock and what is sand isn’t as simple as it sounds. It takes quiet reflection. For many years I was unable to be still long enough to hear the voice of God. I certainly constantly prayed and interpreted all I encountered. Yet sadly much of what I accepted as God proved to be more sand than rock! Listening takes time and demands my full attention. It’s insufficient to live off the gist of what God says. It’s essential to listen and understand precisely what God says.
The ability to discern, receive and respond to God’s revelation creates rock solid foundations, as it did for St. Peter when he recognised Jesus to be the Messiah. It wasn’t that his house didn’t show signs of storm damage as he continued to follow Jesus, not least his denial, yet his house withstood the storm and proved habitable regardless of that serious damage.
Following Jesus is never a counsel of perfection. If it were we are all doomed! We are all tempted and sometimes fall, while challenges can suck the strength from us to the extent we may want to give up and blame God. Or we can simply design ourselves a ‘Godlife’ to our own taste and preference, but in that way we will not hear His voice or build on firm foundations. But if we wait on God, his revelation will sustain us through the worst of storms, although our life may still be battered and damaged by the storms.
QUESTION: How much listening to God are you able to manage? Can you be still, listen, wait and reflect?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me to be still and not be distracted or too weary to wait and be quiet in your presence.