In a fast-paced world and culture that’s all about “the hustle,” turning off distractions and practicing stillness is not on most people’s agendas.
But when the unexpected happens and circumstances start to crumble, having a firm foundation to stand on is key.
During an episode of Life on Life with Punky Tolson, she encourages viewers to ponder this question: Is my faith strong enough to make me stand firm when my world is shaking?
Being still is not just about being quiet or sitting in never-ending boredom; rather, stillness is creating space to personally connect with the Creator and turn head knowledge of who He is into wholehearted belief. The Psalmist displays the beauty of stillness in this way:
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10, ESV).
Tolson expounds on the concept of “be still,” which means to “cease striving” and “relax into God.” Although people’s responsibilities threaten to steal the possibility of spending time with the One who is in control of life’s painful twists and turns, it is time well-spent and never wasted.
“To know Him intimately is to know Him accurately,” Tolson says, and making the daily appointment to linger in His presence replenishes and satisfies the soul like the world never could.
Because life moves quicker than a blink of an eye, “if we don’t stand firm in faith, we will not be able to stand at all in anything or anyway,” Tolson says.
Today is the day to not just pencil time in with the Savior but use permanent marker to place quality time with Him at the top of the daily to-do list.
Yes, stepping out of the cultural hustle to pause is not easy, but the reward far exceeds the means as believers talk and listen to the God who fulfills every longing and need.