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Be Still

In the daily living of a Christian, dawn is surely the most beautiful moment to behold the face of God. In the silent awakening of one's mind, spirit, and soul, one pauses for a moment in quiet communion with God before coming into contact with others. As the first light of dawn breaks through the silent darkness, one is offered the best time of the day to be alone with God, to be still before the Lord Jesus Christ.

As the earth awakens, the almighty power of God manifested in His immaculate creation of this magnificent natural world fills one with complete awe. One lays down one's true inner self before God, and the Holy Spirit helps one to realize all the sins within oneself that need to be purged by the blood of Jesus. With repentance and prayers of thanksgiving, one submits and entrusts the day into the hand of God for His guidance.

In life, one often encounters many problems comparable to huge tidal waves that roar through the surface of waters within one's inner world. Such waves are the many selfish and tangible pursuits in this material world, including the pursuits for more wealth, greater status, better career, or higher education. They can easily overcome one's heart and cause one to forget God. In order for one to resolve these problems, it is necessary to restore a quiet spirit within oneself. Long and deep prayer, meditation upon the Word of God, listening and singing hymns, and bearing witness for Jesus allow one to focus solely on God and to live a life for Him.

When one beholds a lake, the water surface has to be completely still before one can see a gentle breeze causing a stir across its surface. Similarly, one's spirit has to be as still as a tranquil lake before one can hear the soft whisper of the spiritual wind, that is, the Holy Spirit. Moreover, just as the water surface needs to be completely still before it can reflect the blue sky and the heavens above, one's spiritual state has to rest completely in the mighty arms of God before one can manifest the image of Christ. This great peace in God can only come through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Indeed, spiritual quietude is a virtue to be cultivated. When one gives up one's struggles and surrenders one's entire spirit unto God, He will grant peace in one's heart. It is only when one's inner state of mind, spirit, and soul reaches a perfect harmony with the Spirit of God can one understand His divine will. The more time one spends in one's inner chamber to seek God, the more one will be filled with His strength and joy.

Stillness before God is a source of spiritual strength. It requires endurance to entrust all things unto God while waiting for His time to reveal His divine plan. God is faithful; no one can search or understand His great wisdom as He is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. As a human, one cannot forget that one is but mere dust, a minute grain of sand on the seashore under the great mercy of God. "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" (Ps 46:10). Praise the Lord!

Publisher: True Jesus Church