The first question that comes to my mind is why? Why do I need to be still, what is in the stillness that I
need; why am I afraid of stillness?
This is a fast-paced world we live in, we teach our children to hit the floor running. We try to cram as
much in the day as we can. Busyness is the order of the day! But God has called us to times of quietness
and stillness, we need to stop, sit and listen. Too many times we’re afraid of what we will find. We don’t
want that time to look inside our hearts or even to know Jesus better. The world wants just enough Jesus
to go to heaven, but not enough to make them change their plans and certainly not their hearts!
I’ll admit there have been times in my quietness with the Lord that he has revealed things in me that I
don’t like. There have been things that I have felt him impress upon me to do, but I don’t really want to do
them, and there are times when he asks me to change something about myself, and I find the letting go
hard. None of us are immune to it. I think as we grow older and our children are grown it can get easier to
have that time alone with the Lord, but if people could just grasp that it is in the middle of the chaos, and
child raising that you need him so desperately! We can’t do this life without Jesus.
What does scripture say about being alone with God?
Psalm 46:10 says, ” Be still and know that I am God”
Matthew 6:33 says, ” But seek first the kingdom and His righteousness ”
James 4:8 says. ” Come near to God and He will come near to you”
Psalm 1:2 says, ” but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law both day and
And then we see Jesus example:
22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the
other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the
evening was come, he was there alone.
35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place,
and there prayed.
If Jesus, the son of God needed time alone with his father, don’t you think we need to have that
time? It is in that stillness and quietness that we become more like him, and we are
strengthened to face this life. Life is hard, but God is good and he desires to give us that fresh
feeling each day. And we need him every hour of every day!