We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Be Still

Be Still

“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

Scripture doesn’t shy away from reminding us that seeking God often requires stillness, silence, and waiting. But our culture is fast forgetting what it means to be still. In fact, just recently, I had forgotten this truth. As I tried to convince my wife of a certain position I held, I found myself verbose and unwilling to accept her view since it restricted my forward motion on an important decision.

I was reminded again of my impatient verbose spirit as I read the following words of Francois Fenelon:

“I think . . . that you should try hard now to practice silence . . . Silence promotes the presence of God, prevents many harsh and proud words, and suppresses many dangers in the way of ridiculing or harshly judging our neighbor. Silence humbles the mind, and gradually weans it from the world; it will supply all that you need . . . .”

Perhaps one of the most moving stories I have read that exemplifies this truth was the story of a little boy named Geoffrey–the main character in a book called True to the Last. Though just a young boy, Geoffrey had a keenness of conscience which is rarely seen in children. When accused of wrongdoing he did not commit, Geoffrey bore the guilt, rather than tattle on his brothers or cousin. Though false accusations pained him greatly, he, at a young age, understood that the power of God is often unleashed in silence and waiting.

Oh how I wish that my children were still at home so that I could have looked at their faces and peeked into their hearts as they listened to this most life-changing story. This is a must read for everyone. It will leave an indelible mark upon your life–and your children.

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