IN STILLNESS OF SOUL
Be still and know Psalm 46:10
It is difficult to comprehend the paradox of being still and what we “do” for God. When we abide we allow the Lord the opportunity to reveal this mystery to us.
“So that just in proportion as we yield ourselves a truly passive instrument in the hand of God, will we be wielded of God as the active instrument of His almighty power. The soul in which the wondrous combination of perfect passivity with the highest activity is most completely realized, has the deepest experience of what the Christian life is.”
As we abide He renews our mind to how He sees things. It is true, “It takes a confession of our own ignorance and impotence” for the renewing to begin. We empty ourselves of all our thoughts and ways, so we may know His thoughts and His ways.
“Quietness is the source of highest activity-the secret of all true abiding in Christ.”
Jesus abides in his Father. He has always abided in his Father. His abiding did not begin when he took on flesh. Jesus was abiding in eternity passed. Christ in the flesh displayed and expressed the abiding relationship, between himself and his Father, that he’d always known. All that Jesus did and said was from a place of abiding in his Father.
“The relation is a very different one. The true idea is that of cooperation founded in subordination. As Jesus was entirely dependent on the Father for all His words and works, so the believer can do nothing of himself. What we can do of ourselves is sin.”
We see in this revealed in John 5:19
Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
Thank you, Lord, that the One who knows how to abide and knows this mystery of perfect stillness and rest is in us and we are in Him. We do not understand this perfect paradox but you do. Thank you that you want to reveal this mystery to us. Thank you that knowing starts from a place of stillness. I will be still and know.