Albert Einstein, a man with a brilliant mind, said, “the monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”
Yet, we live in a world that explodes with noise and are often surrounded by unnatural sounds such as beeping, buzzing and the ringing of our many devices 24/7. Appliances, such as our refrigerator, hum so constantly that we don’t even notice until we try to find some quiet space or attempt to talk and be heard by someone because we’ve grown accustomed to the din.
The same can be said for when we try to sit and spend time quietly with Jesus. Even when we dull down the sounds around us, the noise of our busy minds and hearts can often override the quiet voice of Jesus speaking to us.
Psalm 23 encourages us that:
“The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want. He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.
He refreshes and restores my soul (my life);
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake. (Psalm 23:1-2 Amplified version)
We’re accustomed to the world’s constant chatter and noise, but it’s in the quiet that we learn to hear God’s voice.
In the quiet is where God restores our souls, and we are strengthened and He is the one that calls us to the stillness and quiet so that He can bring rest and peace to our busy minds and hearts.
Think about the past 24 hours of your life. How much quiet have you had? What noise in your life keeps you from hearing God’s voice?
Try this challenge – for one week. Spend five minutes each day sitting with Jesus in quiet. Don’t read, petition or recite off your list of thoughts and requests to him. Just sit and absorb the quiet and the time with Him and find out what He says when you stop in the quiet to listen?
Let Him restore your soul and bring you strength. For “In quietness and confident trust is your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)
Prayer: Lord, please help me find you in the quiet and take the time to still my heart and mind each day as I sit with you. In Jesus Name. Amen.