“Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15 NLT
The importance of time alone with God cannot be stressed enough. It’s good to develop the habit when spending time with your Father of making it the same time and place every day.
Make sure you return to the same familiar place to read and pray. And when you return, make sure you rest. We can rest physically, but our minds are still overactive. This is where we have to train ourselves to be quiet.
Like every child, I sometimes had difficulty getting to sleep. I remember feeling too excited mentally, or my body wouldn’t rest. My father used to come and sit with me. He would encourage me to relax by talking about quietening each part of my body. It used to work! I was never fully asleep when he left the room, but I don’t remember lying awake afterwards.
Life can make us hyper and stressed; we need to return and rest in the quiet of God. That’s where we will learn to be confident in God and know His will. We need to sit quietly and ask our Father to come and sit with us. Ask Him to teach you to rest in Him.
Then, when you feel unsure of the way ahead or anxious about a situation, return to God, rest in Him, and quieten yourself. You need to still your soul by being in His presence and reading His word. Wait until He speaks to you and absorb His word deep inside. Let His words saturate deep into your soul. Like Jeremiah said:
“When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.” Jeremiah 15:16 NLT
Then you will rise and go forth with the courage of a lion! When we know He has spoken, we need never feel afraid.
“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT