Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 46: 10, 11

 

There are times when the best thing that I can do is to just stop. Stop moving, talking, planning, considering, contemplating, worrying, debating, deciding, and solving. Just be … just be truly … just be absolutely … still. I need to allow myself to go to the level of calm where all I can hear is my own heart beating, and then allow it to slow and embrace the stillness.

 

When I get all settled in, and the world around me stops pulling at my mind, the voice of God starts to fill my heart, and His words are like a whispered promise and like the roaring of ocean waves against the rocks. They speak of His love and of His peace. The Lord reminds me that He won’t ever leave me for He meant it when He spoke His eternal vows to me. My heart hears God’s love song, and it is a song that seems to have been written especially for me. He speaks about my life, my fears and concerns, and my glorious future with Him.

 

It is in the stillness that God speaks most clearly. These are the times when my mind just gives up on trying to solve it all and when I stop feeding a tired heart the adrenalin of my attempts to run the race of life on my own and in my strength. The Lord says that I just need to listen to Him and reflect on who He is and on what He has done throughout history. Just be still, and know with all of my being, know from the depths of my soul that there is only one God, and He is my loving Father, my Lord and Savior.

 

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through the Spirit who dwells in you.

Romans 8: 11

 

In one short statement we see the basic truths of what Christians believe, the foundation of our faith. God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all present, and each of their roles in our lives is mentioned. However, even more important to Paul’s message to us is how all of this has a life-changing impact on the lives of people who know Christ. The Father sent Jesus into this world knowing that He would live a life that was the perfect image of the lives that God had intended for all of humanity to live and also fully aware of the way that we would reject, torture and kill the Christ.

 

Yet our sinfulness was nothing more than a catalyst that led to the revelation of God’s supremacy over all of creation including its greatest power, which is death. But God did not stop there. His plan for redemption and restoration is not bound by time and place so that it entered into a period of hiatus with the resurrection and ascension of Jesus; rather, God gave us His Spirit to reside within His children. This act of God’s is a very real and tangible life changer for us.

 

God desires to be in an unending, eternal if you will, relationship with all of humanity. So He sent Jesus to be the way and the means to that desired end. Still God seeks more. He wants to see the people of His creation living in the righteous center of His will during this earthly life. As that is a gut wrenching, grit the teeth impossibility on our own and God takes no delight in our failure, He provided the way to redeem life for His people out of the death that sin has brought about in us. As the Spirit dwells in us, we have the presence of God’s perfect love, grace, mercy, and truth, and the nature and the character of the Father as demonstrated through the Son are ours to live out and to bring the touch of life to this dead world.