In Psalm 46:10 God advises us to “Be still and know that I am God." From this passage we can understand that stillness is key to knowing God more deeply. When the soul is still, the soul stands in attention. We discover more things about who God is and we experience just how real He is in our day to day lives. The Hebrew word used here for “still" carries the meaning of “to relax." To relax means to become less tense or anxious; it means to loosen, lessen, lighten, or slacken. From these key words, you may now be getting a clearer picture of how we need to pose ourselves so that we get the full realization and knowledge of our God being truly God.
How can we make a constant practice and attitude of stillness? Here are 2 ways:
Commit your interest to a regular reading and meditation of God’s Word.
An interesting book, program, or movie keeps us hooked. We spend the time reading and watching because we find something attractive and worthwhile to spend time on. God’s Word may not always seem attractive and interesting but this is so only because our attitude determines it to be so. God’s Word is alive and powerful. (Hebrews 4:12). In its pages, you will always find applicable truths that will encourage and teach you towards living a better life and carrying yourself in a better way. Refuse to believe Satan’s lie that you don’t need to read God’s Word. Refuse to be deceived into believing that it is harmless to go without days of feeding on God’s Word. Change, joy, peace; all these and more are nurtured by immersing yourself in the transforming truths of God’s teachings. God teaches you thru His Word. God reveals more of Himself thru His Word. So open its pages, listen to Him, discover who He is and more.
Commit yourself to designated times of rest and solitude.
Rest and solitude revives the body and refocuses the mind. In rest, we cease from motion and quiet our mind and heart. In solitude, we withdraw from our normal routines to have privacy for ourselves and for God. Rest and solitude is actually a practice of the Sabbath. A major reason for God’s instructing us to observe a Sabbath day is so that we can take time to cease from striving and labor in order to find pleasure in the work of our hands and in the work God is doing in our lives. Deuteronomy 5 tells us to keep it holy, meaning, separate and different from other days. The chapter also tells us to spend a Sabbath remembering what God has done in our lives. To KNOW God as GOD, we need to dedicate certain times for pausing and removing ourselves from distractions and obligations. At those designated times, we are able to open ourselves up to mindful observation of the work God has been doing in us and around us. At those designated times, we can practice meaningful conversation with God. We may also do some journaling.