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My soul is still before God

“He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.”

Psalm 62:2

God's Spirit doesn't adapt to the world in order to be understood and perceived. The Holy Ghost is not confined to time. It is therefore necessary for Christians that we align ourselves to God and not to the world or the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Our psyche often orientates itself to the character of the time or actual circumstances. Accordingly, we become fickle and insecure as the heart is “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). God's Spirit and His peace is irrational according to worldly standards. How can we then expect God to give us information, direction, messages and peace in the same way as the world does? Only the external reacts to noise and activity and makes circumstances the measure of all faith and hope. God, on the other hand, speaks to us with a quiet, gentle sigh (1 Kings 19:12) and for that we need an ear and the right condition of the heart. The inner, renewed man does not seek silence and insight in outward appearances, deeds and methods. We read in Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Unfortunately, sometimes Christians talk too much and some things are discussed to shreds. We should not listen to people who fail to listen to God. Insight is released through quietude. Whoever hears prior to talking does it right. We read in James 1:19 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” To hear swiftly certainly does not mean to hear superficially but, on the contrary, well and attentively and not to be sluggish or disinterested in your listening. Only those who listen well, are able to answer well. Of how much more value is it then, that we listen to God?

Regular and intimate communion with God in silence, will inevitably leave its traces in our souls. This will also be seen by others who will recognize our spirituality. In this way we glorify God. When we become still and realize that we are dealing with God, we will also refrain from inundating God with our many questions and concerns. Then we experience, above all, the need to praise God and worship Him for all He is. Then it is indeed so that we will seek first after God and His righteousness, before anything else (Matthew 6:33). Jesus was meek and humble of heart (Matthew 11:29). These divine characteristics are not found in a restless, hectic, self-focused person, for whom his pious work is more important. From the example of Martha and Mary, we see that someone can sometimes make too much of an effort and thereby overlook that which is most important (Luke 10:39-42). Truths and insights which we pass on to others, should always be results and consequences of God's revelations to us, otherwise they are merely displaced theories. Every well-meaning thing is not always effective – see Job and his friends. One is spiritually as strong or weak as the effort one puts into cultivating one's faith. It is certainly also possible through Bible study and fellowship, through singing and praising, but most importantly it is achieved through the quietude with God and the prayer of faith. David wrote in Psalm 42:5 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.” Amen.

(Translated by Linda Gates)


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