SURRENDER ~ Heaven's 5 Boarding Passes - E#
The best thing about this stillness is that it gives God a chance to work. “He that entered into His rest hath ceased from his own works, even as God did from His.” When we cease from our works, God works in us; when we cease from our thoughts, God’s thoughts come into us; when we get still from our restless activities, “God worketh in us both to will and to do His good pleasure,” and we have but to work it out.
Beloved! Let us take His stillness; let us dwell in “the secret place of the Most High”; let us enter into God and His eternal rest; let us silence the other sounds, and then we can hear “the still, small voice.”
Then there is another kind of stillness: the stillness that lets God work for us, and we hold our peace; the stillness that ceases from controversy, and self-indication, and expedients of wisdom and forethought and let God provide and answer the unkind word, and the cruel blow, in His own unfailing, faithful love. How often we lose God’s interposition by taking up our own cause and striking for our own defense.
There is no spectacle in all the Bible so sublime as the silent Savior answering not a word to the men that were maligning Him, and whom He could of laid prostrate at His feet by one look of Divine power, or one word of fiery rebuke. But He let them do their worst and He stood in the power of stillness — God’s Holy Lamb.
God give to us this silent power, this mighty self-surrender, this conquered spirit, which will make us “more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” Let our voice and our life speak like “the still, small voice” of Horeb, and as the “sound of gentile stillness.” Then after the heat and strife of earth are over, men will remember the morning dew, the mellow light and sunshine, the evening breeze, the Lamb of Calvary, and the gentle, Holy, Heavenly Dove. (A.B. Simpson ~ 1909, The Power of Stillness)
Dear Father ... thankyou that You want me in stillness at Your side. Please do not listen to my resistings of You until there is nought I desire but You, until the world fades in me past all its shadows darkening my life, so that the only light in my heart is Your burning lamp. This I seek, this I would have, and there is nothing else I want - AMEN.
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. (Matthew 19:29)
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