Selwyn’s introduction is good – it had me thinking about the issue he raised – that is, our ability to ‘be still’ for any length of time.
He writes: “We pursue the thought we touched on yesterday, namely that when we gaze on God we become like a mirror in which the likeness of Jesus is seen more and more clearly. Adoration is holding ourselves steady so that the Lord’s reflection can fall on us. A mirror is of no use unless it remains steady in front of the object is should be reflecting. Remaining still before the Lord is the secret. … In these frantic and frenetic days when people seem troubled if they even miss one section of a revolving door, the idea of sitting quietly before God in adoration and contemplation of Him seems an impossibility to a large proportion of the Christian population.”
We all know that the ones who find it the hardest to keep still – are little children. It’s rare for a parent, in this ‘modern-age’, to help their children to learn how to be still. On the contrary, the entertainment provided to children appears to encourage continuous activity – and, I don’t mean just physical activity. Kids, who sit in front of a TV or computer screen want the action on the screen to be fast and furious – anything less, is just plain boring to their pampered senses.
Consequently, is it any wonder that when people are exposed to such frenetic activity – day after day, that they then find it hard to be still?
In a similar way, I think the people who find it difficult to sit still in front of the throne of God – have not reached full maturity in their faith.
In Hebrews 5:11-14 (NIV), we read: “We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”
Although the above verses are not about keeping still while we adore the one, true God – the verses are about spiritual maturity. The important message from these verses is that by constantly practising to be still – we can train ourselves; it will need some work – some effort by ourselves (in association with prayer) to achieve this outcome, the ability to be still in front of God. As we read in Psalm 46:10 (NIV): God says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”