Training: Be Still

James Dibben —  August 24, 2012


Psalm 46:10

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

It’s no wonder I struggle to hear from God.

I’m not talking about the audible voice of God. I have never heard such a thing, and to be honest, I’m not sure I want to. Anytime someone in the bible heard the audible voice of God something really (a God kind of really not man’s) bad was about to happen.

No, I’m talking about that still small voice, or a check in my spirit that is trying to direct my actions. This is the way God speaks to us. It wouldn’t exactly be free will if God popped His head out of the clouds and screamed suggestions at us. I’m pretty sure if He did that we would do everything out of real fear instead of respect, love and reverence.

No, I struggle to hear God because I am too fully immersed into our information obsessed society.

My iPhone is never more than 2 feet away. My laptop keeps email up at all times. I have over 35 blog subscriptions I check on throughout the day. I work 40hrs a week, and I have an awesome family that needs my engagement.

None of these things are bad, but if I allow the combination of all these things to separate me from moments of stillness before God I am depriving myself of a deeper understanding of who He is.

Our verse for the day reminds me. God will be exalted among the nations, and He will be exalted in the earth. In the end it is about Him, and very little else.

I better start each day by being silent before Him, and recognize the immense position He holds.

James Dibben

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James is absolutely passionate about men's ministry. It is his belief than every man has been ordained by God to achieve great things for the kingdom of heaven.

2 responses to Training: Be Still

  1. I’ve been trying lately to have my daily devotions in the morning, first thing, before I do anything else. If I don’t then it becomes too easy for things to mount up and there to be no time to do it…or rather it becomes more easy for things to crowd out that time. And still in that I have a hard time sitting quietly and just listening. It has been on my heart lately to learn how to be still. I’m up alone during that first half hour to hour so there should be no real distractions, and yet still my mind wanders to what I have to do, etc. I’m going to keep trying though. It has to be possible for this to become the norm or God would have asked it enough. The Bible talks about the sheep hearing the voice of the shepherd and not following any other voice. That is where I desire to be. I want to have such a love and devotion to Jesus that his voice is very clear to me, so much so that I don’t even hear the other voices.

    • I’m trying to do the morning thing too.

      I’ve been using the YouVersion app. It has A LOT of daily devotional stuff built right in. It also makes it real easy to share the verses on Facebook.