Pause

Numbers 9:8 (KJV) And Moses said unto them, Stand still, and I will hear what the LORD will command concerning you.”

We live in a culture today that is driving us to do more, be more, and see more than our predecessors. Businesses operate for more efficiency and productivity to the place its employees feel like they are squeezing blood from a turnip.

Technology has only exacerbated this perspective. We want our apps to run faster, our downloads, our calls, and the internet to run at blazing fast speed. Why? To what end?

Churches are pushing themselves to grow at a certain pace. We’ve gone to the world to adopt business principles to effect better growth. We are using technology to teach, preach, and disciple yet failing to learn how to interact with the world around us.

Parents are so busy doing their own thing that coming together for a meal is being lost. Children are left to technology to amuse and entertain. We have long left the family altar for the latest television show, game, or scrolling our phones, failing to interact at all. 

When Moses tells the Israelites to “Stand still,” he was telling them that he didn’t have the answer and needed God’s wisdom concerning their inquiry. He needed to go to the One that was leading. 

God says:

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.”

Are we able to follow such a simple command?

We may be able to stop our physical body from moving, but can we still our mind and our heart to wait on God?

To be able to enjoy nature while walking through a forest, on a beach, a mountain path, or simply laying on the grass watching the clouds pass over is an activity in which we seldom partake. Standing still or pausing with God to hear His voice, to converse with Him, and seek answers to questions seems to be less and less in the child of God’s life today.

Years ago, I was challenged to transform my devotional life with God through a one-word activity – PAUSE.

When we read God’s Word, do we stop and ask questions like, “What do you mean?” or “How does this apply to me?” When we pray, do we wait for the answer? 

When we seek to praise God, do we ask Him for that which He would desire for us to praise Him? And if we ask, would we wait for an answer?

In prayer, do we formulate our laundry list of needs and begin to read them off, expecting God to record and answer accordingly? 

In confession, do we pray only for that which we are convicted, guilty, and feeling shame? Or do we ask if there are any hidden sins or secret sins not known to us? And if we ask, do wait for the answer?

One of the most precious things I have in the Christian life is the ability to come into His presence. It is not solely a worship experience in my church during services, but personal and private, in my quiet place as well. Understanding who I am to Him and who He is to me makes this conversation and interaction so very special.

But it goes much deeper than that. 

If we are not our own, as the Bible states, do we go to the One who is to lead and guide us to see what He thinks and decides for us to do?

From the simple task to the significant decision, do we seek God and wait for His answer?

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Many know, and some can quote these verses, but do we put them into practice in our lives? Do we trust Him enough to ask? Do we wait for Him to answer? Are we able to set aside our preferences and expectations to receive His answer?

Standing still means that we must stop (pause), be quiet, and wait. 

Many may ask, “How long do I wait?” or “What if He doesn’t answer?”

I may ask in return – “How badly do we need to hear what God has to say?”

I am beginning to learn that God has my best interest in mind and wants me to come to Him for all my needs. It is not about the answer to my prayer, but the process of me drawing close to Him. The interaction and closeness mean more to Him.

God will answer and in His own time – not necessarily mine. The sooner we resign ourselves to believe His Word and trust His promises, the closer we are to Him.

Take the time today to pause. You may have to leave the place where you are to find a quiet place to stop, wait, and converse with God. I had unique situations and times when and where I could go in my place of employment to meet with God. Even here, in my own home, there are unique places where I have to go to pray, read, and converse with my Savior. 

Slow your mind, your heart, and your life for just a moment to allow God to speak – you’ll be glad you did!

2 Comments

  1. I really enjoyed this piece! I wrote one last year called, “The Hardest Thing to Do Is… Listen.” I had a tremendous response to it and many people sent me messages about how much they didn’t realize it was time to sit still and wait for the Lord. Great insight, my friend!

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