Friday, October 09, 2020

Be Still and Gain the Long View



(Philadelphia)

Linda and I both have "be still" times with God during the week. Inner stillness is a receptive, uncluttered heart-condition, where we meet with God and "know God." 

The Lord says, 

“Be still, and know that I am God;


    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”


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

- Psalm 46:10-11

Heart-knowledge gained in stillness before God is an experiential reality, even in the midst of outer chaos and forces that work to destroy us. 


Therefore we will not fear, 
though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.
- Psalm 46:2



In stillness we gain experiential knowledge of God-with-us, no matter the circumstances. Our hearts and minds are escorted into The Bigger Picture. 

I like how Philip Yancey writes about this. 

"In testimony given before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in South Africa, one black man told of crying out to God as the white officers attached electrodes to his body after beating him with truncheons. They laughed in his face: “We are God here,” jeered one of the guards. The Commission hearings bared the delusion of that brash claim, for the guards, stripped of all power, now sat in a defendants’ box with heads bowed as their accusers paraded before them. They had been dethroned.... 


...For the South African prisoner, or a pastor harassed in China, or believers persecuted in North Korea, it requires a great leap to attain that sublime faith, to believe that God is indeed exalted among the nations. I think of Paul singing in a Philippian jail and of Jesus correcting Pilate with the plain truth, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.” Even at that moment of crisis, Jesus had the long view, the view from a time antedating the solar system."

Yancey, Philip. Prayer, Kindle Locations 416-425.

When we pray God shows us The Long View, The Big Picture. We see earth, through heaven. 


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My books are:

Praying: Reflections on 40 Years of Solitary Conversations with God

Leading the Presence-Driven Church

Encounters with the Holy Spirit (co-edited with Janice Trigg)

I am now writing:

How God Changes the Human Heart

Then, Linda and I will co-author our book on Relationships.