This post was originally posted on Timothy Generation.
Stillness and Quietness: A rare commodity that many have lost in today’s world.
In fact, it is almost looked down upon, especially in the Christian life.
“Sit still? Don’t move? That’s not right! You have to be doing! You have to be moving at all times to really please God and advance the Kingdom of God.”
Has anyone heard this before? I have. I have thought it, many times.
You see, I am not someone who likes sitting still. If I’m not doing something or going 100 miles an hour at all times, I sometimes feel like I’m not doing enough. To be honest, sometimes I feel like I am not enough if I am not constantly “working” to please God.
I know that feeling is not from God. And whenever the temptation comes to have that mindset, it’s something that needs to be cast down.
Where did this “performance” mentality come from? I think it comes from a skewed perception of what we think God requires of us.
God loves you and me because He’s God. He loves because He is Love. That’s His Nature.
He didn’t send Jesus to die for us solely to be His servant. He sent Him to die so He could call us His children.
It’s out of that love and gratitude that we LOVE to be His bondservant. And there is a part of our relationship with Him that causes us to go, go, go. But there’s also a BIG part of our relationship that we must come back to: Rest.
I remember one certain situation where my heart was unsettled on something, but I didn’t know what it was. In trying to settle my heart, I began to think of different things I could do that would satisfy and still my heart. “Maybe it’s this certain project that I let fall to the wayside, maybe if I did that my heart would be settled.” Then I remember the Lord speaking to me saying, “Jenny, the answer to this is not going to be found in your doing.”
I knew what He meant. My heart wasn’t going to be settled in doing more. My heart was going to be settled in coming to Him.
How easy it is to busy our hearts with worrisome thoughts, idle meditations or baseless cares. When we get so busy doing, there are many times our hearts become filled with unrest. Why? Because we haven’t taken time to rest and be refreshed in His presence.
It’s time, my friends, to learn to receive the Peace that stills our hearts.
I’ve been in places where I have been in constant motion, even doing things FOR God, where my heart looked like my daily schedule: Do this, Do that, Go here, Go there, Fix this, Fix that, repeat indefinitely. Where is the stillness? Where is the quietness?
The Hebrew word for Peace (Shalom) means quiet, tranquility, completeness. In the New Testament, you know what Peace stands for? Tranquility, harmony, exemption from rage or havoc of war.
We must come back to a place where are hearts are stilled and quiet. Where PEACE overflows.
An ABUNDANCE of Peace is available to us.
Psalm 72:7 says, “In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.”
In John 14:1, Jesus is telling us, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”
Friend, He’s calling you and me to a place where our souls are restored and replenished.
A place where you can lie down in peaceful pastures. (Psalm 23)
He’s calling us to peace, in His presence.
If you ever need peace, find yourself in His presence. In His presence, He brings everything that He is.
I put together a list of scriptures on Peace that you can download here. You can be in the toughest situation you have ever faced, but possess a heart filled with peace that your mind can’t even comprehend.
If there’s one thing this world needs, it’s Peace. (Insert Miss America quote for “World Peace.”)
But it’s not the kind of peace that the world actually thinks they need, but it’s Jesus: The PRINCE OF PEACE. The kind of Peace when you have just received news of a lawsuit coming against you, you still have a heart of peace. The kind of peace when you find out your parents are divorcing: you have an immovable peace.
When your heart is filled with Peace, it’s because you know this one truth:
Everything is going to be alright.
And friend, in your life, Everything is going to be alright.