The Art Of Stillness

Posted by Jerry White on Jun 11, 2009

“Many of us suffer from the delusion that activity, accomplishments, size, and hubbub endear us to God and confirm his blessing. Although it runs against the grain of our surrounding culture, we must learn to practice the art of stillness, of quietness, of listening, and of receiving if we desire to be intimate with God. Because it takes time and loving attention to sustain a quality relationship, the Lord is more interested in our presence with him than in our performance for him. While we come to love God by knowing him, it is just as true that we come to know God by loving him. Contemplative prayer seeks to apprehend God through love and faith in such a way that theology is not merely speculative but lived.”
Kenneth Boa
Conformed To His Image, 167

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.
Psalm 62:1 (ESV)

“I accept the rebuke that religious busyness, ‘over activism,’ is a sign that one is still in spiritual adolescence. Maturity is marked by the repose in which lieth power. Therefore, I believe that, increasingly, I should endeavor to be silent unto God and should take time for that blessed culture. Already I have found that, when calm is upon the spirit, one is drawn out more readily in adoration.”
G. H. Morling
The Quest For Serenity

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