Be still and know that I am God.
Behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small Voice...
Have you thought about the unprecedented amount of noise today? Unless we're talking about orchestras playing, small children laughing, or birdsong in the spring, it's not a symphony of sound.
Instead, it's a cacophony of chaos, led with technology and entertainment. When we're home, TV's blare constantly. With smart phones and ear buds, our preferred brands of noise travel with us EVERYWHERE.
I know more than a few people who like to sleep with the non-stop TV messaging. Some call it background noise, but the powerful words of media masters seep into the cracks of human consciousness... like leeching chemicals into unsuspecting soil.
We not only pollute our minds, but we block our access to the only non-fail cleansing Agent in the world: God.
I understand why many non-believers fear stillness. In lonely, pre-sleep hours (assuming it's quiet), they feel emptiness... or worse. In my 51 years before Christ, fears great and small entered my mind.
I ignored them (temporarily) with brainwashing media, instead of evicting them (permanently) with God's living water. Ignorance.
As a believer, I'm still tempted by noise. You and I must resist these temptations to constant manmade sounds... and embrace places and times of silent peace. In such golden moments, God speaks... to us.
## Fear Of: Stillness (Part 8)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fear series.