Pay Attention

– by Michelle Du Toit

“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’”– Psalm 46:10

“Slow down, you move too fast, got to make the morning last…” the words of the 59th Street Bridge Song by Simon and Garfunkel. Words that echo what we need to say to ourselves in our fast and busy world. With all the noise in our world, it is hard to find stillness, but the Lord has a reason why He wants us to be still, He says clearly in Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’” In stillness, God shows us that He is Lord. However, being still is also about paying attention: 1 – To God and who He is. 2 – To who I am in relationship with God. 3 – To the people around me, whom God has placed me amongst. 4 – To the circumstances around me and what is happening around me. God wants me to be attentive, so that He can work on my heart (Psalm 51:10) and mind (Eph 4:23 and Romans 12:2). 

He wants me to pay attention and ask questions: What is this season of my life about? What is my responsibility during this season? What is God doing? Or doing around me? What does God need me to understand? Or change in my thinking? What do I need to watch out for? Or be? Or do? Or does He just want my attention, so that I can enjoy my relationship of intimacy with Him? Is this time of stillness, a time to re-connect the deepest of my soul, to the deepest in Him (Psalm 42:7, 1 Cor 2:10)? When we avoid being still before Him, we miss out on what God wants to show us. We may just miss out on the richness of a relationship with Him.


JOY! Magazine (April 2018)

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