Our Need For Quiet

Be still and know that I am God.

Psalms 46:10

Genesis 32 tells the story of Jacob, who was preparing to meet his brother, Esau. Esau had been holding a grudge against Jacob because Jacob had stolen what was rightfully Esau’s. Esau had even threatened to kill Jacob. Naturally, Jacob was terrified at the prospect of meeting his brother.

The night before their confrontation, Jacob had an encounter with a stranger, whom he wrestled. Only the next morning did he realize that he had been in the presence of  God-without even knowing it.

How meaningful that story has been to me personally. unless I make time daily to become still, I lose sight of the truth that God is in this place, in this person, or this situation. My perspective blurs. I forget that the God inside of me is closer than the problem facing me.

If our life is never quiet, we starve spiritually. The constant hustle and bustle of living in the fast lane leaves us empty and often angry. By contrast, a sense of peace and purpose is the result of living life from the inside out.

Thought:  When my connection with my heavenly Father is unbroken, I can face all that life offers me.