The Se­cret

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Oh, how di­vinely sweet it is to come into the se­cret of His pres­ence and abide in His pav­il­ion!— David Brain­erd (1718–1747), mis­sion­ary to the Na­tive Amer­i­cans

Rest in the Lord, and wait pa­tiently for Him.— Psalm 37:7

What shall the be­liever do in times of dark­ness? Sit still and lis­ten. Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God. Let him just sit still, as the Scrip­ture says—be still and lis­ten. The first thing to do is to do noth­ing, to stand still. That goes against hu­man na­ture, but that’s the wise thing to do. There’s a say­ing, “When you’re rat­tled, don’t rush.” In other words, when you aren’t sure you know what to do next, don’t rush blindly into any­thing, hop­ing for the best.

Be still and see what God will do. It is when we are quiet and trust­ing in God that He can work. Worry of­ten pre­vents Him from do­ing all that He can. If our minds are dis­tracted and our hearts are stressed, we’re not in a po­si­tion where He can do much for us. The peace of God must quiet our minds and bring rest to our hearts.

Put your hand into the hand of God, and let Him lead you out into the bright sun­shine of His love. Be still. Let Him do the work for you. “Be anx­ious for noth­ing, but ... let your re­quests be made known to God; and the peace of God ... will guard your hearts and minds.”¹ — Vir­ginia Brandt Berg (1886–1968), Amer­i­can evan­ge­list and pas­tor

God does not stand afar off as I strug­gle to speak. He cares enough to lis­ten with more than ca­sual at­ten­tion. He trans­lates my scrubby words and hears what is truly in­side. He hears my sighs and un­cer­tain grop­ings as fine prose.— Ti­mothy Jones

My pres­ence will go with you, and I will give you rest.— Ex­o­dus 33:14 ESV

My lit­tle boy came in one day and stuck his lit­tle head into the door­way of my study. Now he knew he was not sup­posed to disturb me dur­ing work­ing hours. And his con­science trou­bled him a lit­tle on ac­count of this. But he looked at me nev­er­the­less with his kind, round baby eyes and said, “Daddy, I will sit still all the time if you will only let me be here with you!” That he re­ceived per­mis­sion when he ap­proached my fa­ther-heart in that way, ev­ery fa­ther will know.

That lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence gave me a great deal to think about. Is not that just the way we of­ten feel with re­gard to our Heav­enly Fa­ther? We do so love to be with Him, just to be in His pres­ence! More­over, we never disturb Him, no mat­ter when we come nor how of­ten we come! — Ole Hallesby (1879–1961), Nor­we­gian Chris­tian teacher

Give your bur­dens to the Lord, and he will take care of you.— Psalm 55:22 NLT

Peace comes not from the ab­sence of trou­ble, but from the pres­ence of God.— Un­known

Dear rest­less heart, be still, for peace is God’s own smile, His love can ev­ery wrong and sor­row rec­on­cile; Just love, and love, and love, and calmly wait awhile. — Edith Linn Forbes (1865–1945)

Learn to know Je­sus so well that we feel safe when we have left our dif­fi­cul­ties with Him. … As … we learn to know Je­sus bet­ter and bet­ter, our prayers be­come quiet, con­fi­den­tial, and blessed con­ver­sa­tions with Him, our best Friend, about the things that are on our minds, whether it be our own needs or the needs of oth­ers. ... And es­pe­cially will our prayer life be­come rest­ful when it re­ally dawns upon us that we have done all we are sup­posed to do when we have spo­ken to Him about it. From that mo­ment we have left it with Him. It is His re­spon­si­bil­ity then.

“A lit­tle while with Je­sus— oh, how it soothes the soul, and gath­ers all the threads of life into a per­fect whole.” — Ole Hallesby

It’s not stress that kills us, it is our re­ac­tion to it.— Hans Se­lye (1907–1982), pi­o­neer­ing Aus­trian-Canadian en­docri­nol­o­gist ac­knowl­edged as the “Fa­ther” of the field of stress re­search

There is no place where the mind can be as fully re­newed as in the se­cret place of prayer, alone with God. When we come aside from the tem­po­ral things that dis­tract and ha­rass us, and there in the pres­ence of God we put our mind on the things of God, the trans­form­ing power of God then be­gins to work in us, and we are changed, re­newed.— Vir­ginia Brandt Berg

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