From Pastor Davies – 3/21
Jesus often sought out a quiet place, a still point, a place where he could commune with God without distractions (Mark 1:35, 6:30-32). If Jesus needed to visit a quiet place frequently, how much more do you and I?
Quiet places are hard to find, aren’t they? Our world is so loud and busy. We have so many pressures on us, so many things to do, so many people wanting things from us. That was not foreign to Jesus either. He had to get up while it was still dark and go away to find his quiet place, but even then he was interrupted.
Still, we need to find the time and the place to be with God. There we can get away from the noise and focus once again on God, on who we are, and on what we are all about. Finding quiet places and times to commune with God provides light for our path, rest from our hectic pace, and renewed strength for service.
What should we do in the quiet place? We can pray; we can pour out our heart to God. That’s important. But most often I just sit in silence in my quiet place, listening for God to speak to me. Indeed, the best part of finding a quiet place is that you begin to hone your sense of God’s presence. The Bible and Christian testimony throughout the centuries reveal that God is not just found in the spectacular – the Pentecost-like experiences – but also in stillness and quiet.
When the prophet Elijah was running away from Ahab and Jezebel, he hid in a cave. There he listened for God in an earthquake, in a mighty wind, and in fire but heard nothing. It was in a “sound of sheer silence” that he finally met God (1 Kings 19:11-12). Sometimes we have to go to a cave or, like Jesus, get away from it all in order to be able to hear God. If we do that often enough, then it becomes easier even in the noisy, busy world to filter out everything else so we can hear God.
So then, make it priority in your life to find a quiet place. You’ll be glad you did. Have a blessed week.