Sometimes We Must Just Shut up!
Be silent, and know that I am God! (Psalms 46:10).
The story is told of a little boy who was given a priceless possession. It was his deceased grandfather's beautiful gold pocket watch. My, how he treasured it! It was to be a lifelong reminder of his dear grandfather and his love for him.
But one day, while playing at his father's ice plant, he lost the watch amid all the ice and sawdust. He searched and searched, but he could not find the watch. He became frantic.
Then he suddenly realized what to do. He stopped scurrying and scratching around and became very still. He just listened. And in the silence, he heard the watch: tick, tick, tick, tick. He found his treasure by becoming quiet!
Followers of our Lord Jesus Christ also have a wonderful and priceless possession. The Bible says, "This precious treasure -- this light and power that now shine within us -- is held in perishable containers, that is, in our weak bodies" (2 Corinthians 4:7, NLT).
The priceless possession and treasure within us is none other than God Himself, the Holy Spirit, who dwells there!
This treasure within us brings pardon, peace, purpose, and power. He brings joy and love, for both Himself and others. He brings guidance. These are things that money cannot buy.
But we may not hear or sense His presence if we are always scurrying around in this life, our hearing impaired and His voice obscured by the incessant noises of the world, some of them coming from our own mouths, or our radios, or our televisions.
Like the little boy, we need to stop and listen. We may even need to shut up!
"Be silent, and know that I am God! The LORD Almighty is here among us" (Psalm 46:10-11, NLT).
Our Lord exhorted, "When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly" (Matthew 6:6, NLT). The King James Version says "enter into thy closet."
Prayer is communing and communicating with God, and not necessarily dominating the conversation and trying to outtalk Him, as many are prone to do. We should remember Ecclesiastes 5:2: "Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few" (NIV).
Our "closet" can be the quietness of our heart. In that quiet place, at home, office, or our automobiles, let us be still, know that He is God, and let us listen for Him.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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