While I treasure all the inspirational reads, the self help books, and great Biblical teachers, there are some days I want to escape from it all. Escape and just be. It seems that daily I am faced with an issue, an obstacle, or some other weakness to overcome. Today I just want to be. Be the person I currently am right here today with no worries about where I need to be. I don’t want to worry about my monthly budget, did I say the right thing, did I do enough, did I help someone today. I just want to sit in my own circumstances and that be enough.
I’m so tired of always trying to fix something, fix others, and mainly fix myself. Today of all days, I find it exhausting. Out of all of the devotions I received today, this one hit the spot and I would like to share it with you.
The Isolation Chamber
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1, by Os Hillman
“Be still and know that I am God….” Psalm 46:10
There is a time and place in our walk with God in which He sets us in a place of waiting. It is a place in which all past experiences are of no value. It is a time of such stillness that it can disturb the most faithful if we do not understand that He is the one who has brought us to this place for only a season. It is as if God has placed a wall around us. No new opportunities–simply inactivity.
During these times, God is calling us aside to fashion something new in us. It is an isolation chamber designed to call us to deeper roots of prayer and faith. It is not a comfortable place, especially for a task-driven workplace believer. Our nature cries out, “You must do something,” while God is saying, “Be still and know that I am God.” You know the signs that you have been brought into this chamber when He has removed many things from your life and you can’t seem to change anything. Perhaps you are unemployed. Perhaps you are laid up with an illness.
Most religious people live a very planned and orchestrated life where they know almost everything that will happen. But for people in whom God is performing a deeper work, He brings them into a time of quietness that seems almost eerie. They cannot say what God is doing. They just know that He is doing a work that cannot be explained to themselves or to others.
Has God brought you to a place of being still? Be still and know that He really is God. When this happens, the chamber will open soon after.
For some reason, the past several months I have been fighting and resisting this rest. I was restless, not satisfied, longing for more. But today something has changed. I find myself welcoming this new area, this idle time as I would like to call it. Today I am taking my hands off the reigns and allowing my God to do His work in me. And the only effort required out of me is to be still.