This is one of the best things we can do. However, people often take this quote to mean they should do nothing. Being still does not mean we are to do nothing. It means you have to listen to his voice, and actively seek after him along with his direction. How do you find God’s voice? It typically comes from your intuition. Something you feel strongly about may be prompted by him. Anything good, true, whole, pure, or right comes from the Father of Lights.✨ He wants what’s best. You can also hear him better in the silence, during meditation, at church, or when you’re surrounded by loved ones. God speaks to us through them too because his presence is in all of us. But you have to be able to discern. God will help you discern if you ask him to. Don’t just do what someone told you to do. Do what God would have you to do. There is a difference. Sometimes we make mistakes. We are not ‘still.’ We worry or fret. We don’t seek his wise counsel. God forgives us for those times too. He knows we’re human. We fall into error. Nonetheless, he doesn’t love us any less. Some people ‘start their day’ with God by saying prayers. Some like to talk with him at night when it’s quiet. Everyone has their way of reaching out. The beautiful thing is we have access to him twenty-four hours a day. He’s always there to pick us back up when we fall.
Zina Hermez authored the best selling book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival. She’s been featured in numerous articles, guest posts, podcasts, websites, newsletters, and magazines. Recently she was featured on ESPN’s ‘Solutions from the Huddle’ broadcast and on Grace and Truth Radio World. Zina’s written hundreds of articles and has taught thousands of students from all over the world spanning many different backgrounds and cultures. She’s appeared in Christianity Today, the Suite T blog and Southern Writers magazine among other places. She writes on faith, science, and overcoming adversity. Her goal is to help others. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Linked In, or Twitter.
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Zina, thanks for these comments on the activity that is involved in listening to God. It’s more than one might think. You have made succinct reflective thoughts for us to prayerfully consider.
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