We have spent a few days now looking at the idea of being still before God and the spiritual disciplines that make that possible. But I want us to look a little deeper. Plus this will be new info and a good next step for all our Area One campers who heard all the rest of this at camp this summer. This all started with Psalm 46:10a, “Be still and know that I am God…” That is the phrase that it on most posters, paintings, and bookmarks of this verse. But why are there those three dots at the end? Well, because there is more to the verse. Silence, solitude, and simplicity do not occur in a vacuum. They have a purpose. And we find that purpose in the rest of the verse.
“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)
Our being still is for the purpose of the exaltation of God. I believe He will be exalted in our moment of focus and solitude. But I also believe that moment prepares us to take His glory to the nations, to the earth.
How does God want to use you in this process? What is your time alone with Him leading you to? What passions is He stirring in you? What is he preparing you for?
Over 7000 languages are spoken in the world, but less than 500 have a complete Bible in their language.
10,000 Zambian children die every year from diarrhea because they don’t have access to clean water.
218 million children are trapped in child labor. 1.8 million are exploited in the global sex trade. And another child is trafficked every 26 seconds.
There are half a million abused and neglected children in foster care in the U.S.
There is an elderly lady in your neighborhood who has outlived everyone she knows and has no one to talk to.
There is a child in a poor part of your town who God created with the gifts to do what you do, but they will never get the opportunity because they can’t afford an instrument, or a team uniform, or lessons.
When you spend time with God, your heart begins to beat with His. Where is He leading you? Listen and find out. Then, as Henry Blackaby says, find what God is doing and join Him. For the exaltation of His name among the nations and in the earth.