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Stillness in the Christian life


What does the Bible have to say about stillness? Is meditation part of Christian living? Looking at the lives of the prophets makes one consider such questions and with a little research and insight one can find the answer. “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalms 46:10).

Meditation was essential for the prophets and priest, but seems as an occult to modern day Christians. The reason for such mixed up views upon meditation derives mainly from the buddhist and hindu who meditate to their gods or to get in touch with their “inner self,” which this type of meditation is forbidden in the Bible. But Christians must come to the understanding that prayer was truly meant to be a dialogue between the soul and the Lord God by and through meditation. The meditation process is similar to that of the buddhist and hindu, but instead of a focus upon their gods or self, it is rather a focus on the Lord and listening for His voice to speak to our hearts.

“Listen to this, O Job; Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.” (Job 37:14). The word still used here and many other places is the Hebrew word raphap which means to sink, let go, relax, to be quiet. We must find a place each day to relax and let go and commune with the Almighty. We must still our minds while cutting out all of the distractions that bombard our minds as well as our own random thoughts. This process takes time to truly get down, but when accomplished it is an amazing experience to speak with God just as the prophets of old.

Christians need to flee from the fear of communing with the Almighty and know that prayer is not meant as a monologue, but rather a dialogue. Fear is of the devil and Christians need to know that just because another religion has a similar technique does not mean to avoid it especially when it is our way of communing with our Creator and Heavenly Father. Also remembering that Satan is a copycat of any and all things that God does, so since the prophets meditated with God, therefore Satan had to make his own copycats to put fear within the Christian minds and keep them from truly experiencing communion with God. “When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.” (Psalms 63:6).