I am convinced that most believers are very undisciplined in their spiritual lives. Because of our freedom in Christ and our focus on g
race, we tend to live our lives randomly. Our prayers are as needed. Our Bible time is occasional. Our church attendance is sporadic. Our service is seldom. There needs to be a heavy emphasis on obedience, discipline, faithfulness, and persistence.
We are too busy and the result is often a neglect of God, His Word, His will, and His ways! We tend to fit Him into our lives only when we are in trouble and need something from Him. But at other times, we run to and fro seeking pleasure, profit, and prosperity fueled by emotion and feelings of self-reliance.
It is time to stop, BE STILL AND KNOW. It is time to know God intimately and with intensity! It is time for us to rely not on human ability or ingenuity, but upon the spiritual strength that can only come from a real, tangible, and authentic relationship with Christ Jesus, the Lord of all!
“BE STILL AND KNOW” communicates to us the need for us to engage our minds from a place of stillness and solitude. It is to ground our lives, first and foremost, in the knowledge of God according to His own revelation of Himself from His Word. As we come to know God through Jesus Christ, our hearts are changed and we are completely transformed by the renewing of our minds.
Becoming still and getting to know God requires that we set aside time and space. SPIRITUAL STRENGTH is gained in these intentional times and SACRED SPACES. What is a sacred space? A sacred space, or sacred ground, a sacred place is a location that is deemed to be sacred or hallowed. Synonyms for sacred space are the following: an altar, a temple, or a designated religious site. I believe that a sacred space should be a home, a prayer room, and of course a church site. Sacred spaces help us to be still and know God. They help us to remember, heal, and reflect. They are spaces or places for prayer, meditation, and contemplation.
I believe God is calling His people up to a higher level of spirituality! We are being called to BE STILL AND KNOW God! To gain spiritual strength in these sacred spaces that have been consecrated for the purpose of experiencing the presence of God.
With this understanding in mind, we should strategize to achieve the goal. We should arrange our lives and all of our activities with the idea that we are getting to KNOW GOD and to know others. Everything we do sh
ould take place as a means of seeking God in stillness and in the chaos of life. We are called to stay focused on the presence of God both in private and in public. As the Psalmist says,
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down (be still) in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters (calm sacred spaces). He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”