Being Still and Open to Hear God’s Voice
Removing the Voices of the World to Seek the Lord
by Joanne Troppello
I’ve been reading through the book of Psalms for my devotions. Today I read Psalm 46. Two verses resonated with me, 1 and 10.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! – Psalm 46:1,10 (NKJV)
They touched my heart because they are words I needed to hear, and I did hear them since I read the passage aloud to myself. I believe that it’s important for our spirits to hear the Word of God. In Romans 10:17 we read, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
Removing the Voices of the World
On average, people spend “144 minutes, or two hours and twenty-four minutes online on social media” each day. That’s a big chunk of our day. I’ve been trying to spend less time on social media these days. When I think of something to tweet, I save it in my drafts on Twitter and then tweet one of them out several times in a day.
However, I’m careful not to get sucked into endless scrolling of the social media newsfeed on any of the platforms I go on. It’s so easy to get sucked into an obsession with being on social media. That can cause you to feel jealous when you see everyone’s “perfect” photos on Facebook and Instagram—especially when your life seems less than perfect.
Just remember that no one’s life is perfect. People generally post the perfect shots and use filters to make the photo look better.
A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey showed that the average individual spent 5.5 hours per day watching TV, exercising, or socializing. Hopefully, more of that time was spent engaging with others in-person. However, with this last year and COVID-19 stay at home restrictions and the social distancing, it’s likely that there was more TV watching and engaging online than socializing in-person. That survey showed that the average person only spent 44 minutes per day reading.
I’ve recently started reading again and have been posting book reviews for some of my columns here at the magazine. I had been so busy working that I didn’t have time to read. Although, a friend of mine recently started spending less time on social media and more time reading—and she inspired me to start reading again. So, instead of any aimless scrolling through my social media newsfeeds during my work breaks, I take out my Kindle and read 1 or 2 chapters of a fiction book on my reading list.
I’ve also cut down on the amount of news that I had been watching or listening to (podcasts) each day. I’ve felt much better and less depressed. I still listen because I want to stay informed. However, finding the balance has helped.
Being Still Before God
I’ve been working on spending more time with God and not rushing through my devotional time just to check it off my list. Even though I feel as though I have a running conversation with God all day, I’ve made a point to pray for 5-15 minutes each day in my quiet time with God.
Doing those things has been helping me to be still and know that God is God. I’ve been a Christian for MANY years, but I know it’s so important to be open to continually growing in my walk with the Lord.
Have you taken time to be still and know that God is God?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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