Swindoll on Being Still

Intimacy With The Almighty
By Charles R. Swindoll

BE STILL AND KNOW

"Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10, New International Version)

Before hurrying past that profound command, let's turn it over in our minds
several times.

"Cease striving and know that I am God! Stand silent! Know that I am God!"
(The Living Bible)

"Let be and be still, and know-recognize and understand-that I am God." (The
Amplified Bible)

"Give in," he cries, "admit that I am God." (Moffat)

"Stop fighting," he says, "and know that I am God." (Today's English Version)

I am especially intrigued by the creative paraphrase employed by Eugene
Peterson:

"Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God,
above politics, above everything." (The Message)

However we may prefer to read it, this is an emphatic imperative
addressed to God's own people. People of every race, color, culture, and era
. . . people of any level of maturity and age. . . . people who are employed
or unemployed, single or married, with or without children, all people whose
God is the Lord.

We are commanded to stop (literally) . . . rest, relax, let go, and make
time for Him. The scene is one of stillness and quietness, listening and
waiting before Him. Such foreign experiences in these busy times!
Nevertheless, knowing God deeply and intimately requires such discipline.
Silence is indispensable if we hope to add depth to our spiritual life.

[In the same chapter, Swindoll joins these thoughts to a list of four
decisions and four disciplines for becoming more intimately acquainted with
Christ.]

THE DECISION - (THE DISCIPLINE)
to reorder one's private world - (simplicity)
to be still - (silence)
to cultivate serenity - (solitude)
to trust the Lord completely - (surrender)

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--Chuck Swindoll, INTIMACY WITH THE ALMIGHTY: ENCOUNTERING CHRIST IN THE
SECRET PLACES OF YOUR LIFE, Word Publishing, 1996.


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

Won't you join in me making a resolve and a plan to "Be still!"


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