HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying, Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?” (Job 4:16-17).
A few years ago, a friend placed in my hand a book called True Peace. It was an old mediaeval message, and it had but one thought–that God was waiting in the depths of my being to talk to me if I would only get still enough to hear His voice.
I thought this would be a very easy matter, and so began to get still. But I had no sooner commenced than a perfect pandemonium of voices reached my ears, a thousand clamouring notes from without and within until I could hear nothing but their noise and din.
Some were my own voices, my own questions, some were my very prayers, some were the voices of negative impact. Others were suggestions of the tempter and the voices from the world’s turmoil.
In every direction, I was pulled and pushed and greeted with noisy acclamations and unspeakable unrest. It seemed necessary for me to listen to some of them and to answer some of them, but God said, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Then came the conflict of thoughts for tomorrow, and its duties and cares; but God said, “Be still.”
And as I listened, and slowly learned to obey, and shut my ears to every sound, I found after a while that when the other voices ceased, or I ceased to hear them, there was a still small voice in the depths of my being that began to speak with an inexpressible tenderness, power and comfort.
As I listened, it became to me:
- the voice of prayer
- the voice of wisdom
- the voice of duty
- the voice of reasoning
- and there was the voice of God
I did not need to think so hard or pray so hard, or trust so hard; but that “still small voice” of the Holy Spirit in my heart was God’s prayer in my secret soul, was God’s answer to all my questions, was God’s life and strength for soul and body, and became the substance of all knowledge, and all prayer and all blessing: for it was the living GOD Himself as my life, my all.
It is thus that our spirit drinks in the life of our risen Lord, and we go forth to life’s conflicts and duties like a flower that has drunk in, through the shades of night, the cool and crystal drops of dew. But as dew never falls on a stormy night, go the dews of His grace never come to the restless soul.
The conflicts of men who seem to know every situation trying to destroy the path to a safe and secure way towards Christ. Your stillness with God for His revelation and connect with the Holy Spirit will keep you over the wisdom of men. Your silence is more than a provocation to those that would send negative energy to you. God is your answer and if you can follow the simple instructions, “Be still” you will live your life with the peace of mind that you really want. There is your True Peace.