When we don’t know how to unplug from our fast-paced life or shut off the constant noise of distractions, we start to feel exhausted. The truth is that we were not created to maintain that kind of pace. After a while, it starts to wear us down. We need to rest regularly in God. The wonderful thing is that God offers us both rest and refreshing in the secret place with Him. It may be hard at first to sit still and stay engaged in the moment with God. But after a time, as our body learns to make way for our spirit, we begin to lean into those quiet, peaceful times with Lord.
In the secret place, cut off from the rush of the world around us, we come to recognize that it is in the peace and quiet where we learn how to hear God’s voice more clearly. And it is where we learn to trust Him. When we stop trying to do everything for ourselves, and instead “be still and know” that He is more trustworthy and far more capable that we are, that is when truly begin to experience rest. That is when we can exhale and release the stress of worry. In the quiet, we remember His promises and we learn to rest and rely on His faithfulness.
God is offering you rest, a quiet place to hear His voice speaking: “It’s time to slow down and rest. You cannot live a healthy life without quiet moments of refreshing. You need quiet places in your life to be still and know My goodness, My faithfulness, My loving kindness, My joy and My peace. Turn off the noise of this busy world. Come join Me in the quiet places and I will give you rest. And My rest will give you the strength you need to be who I have called you to be.”
If you want to learn how to rest in God, you have to learn how to be still – in mind, in body and in Spirit. It’s okay to be quiet. It’s okay to just sit with no agenda and ask God to speak to you because you’re listening. And it’s okay to wait. Trust God to be faithful to His word. He will meet with you as you lean into Him.
Lord, in this moment, I choose to be still and lean into You. Give me rest and refresh me. I will remain here and wait patiently on You. You promised to speak with me, so I will sit quietly listening for Your voice. Meet me here, Lord. I turn off the distractions of the world. I slow my racing thoughts. I quiet my mind. And I invite Your peace to invade my life. I invite you into this place with me. I will not allow busyness or an agenda to rush this time with You. Lord, this time is Yours to use. I am here for You. I choose to rest and remain in You, in Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
The Bible is God speaking to us. When we need clarity or answers, we need only open its pages to see what God has to say. This week, spend time studying the scriptures below and l hear God’s heart to you about creating a secret place with Him:
[Psalm 27:13-14 NLT] Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.
[Psalm 46:10 NLT] “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”
[Psalm 91:1 NLT] Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
[Matthew 11:28 NLT] Then Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
[1Thessalonians 4:11 NLT] Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.
[1 Peter 3:4 NLT] You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.
[Hebrews 10:23 NLT] Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise.