We continue our ‘Back to the Basics’ series. This second sermon in the series is about the importance and challenge of stillness – learning to be quiet in God, despite fear, anxiety, drivenness, etc.
Preaching from Isaiah 7:3-9 (see also 1 Kings 19:11-13), Pastor Bill teaches warns that, If we do not learn to quiet ourselves in the face of threatening and overwhelming situations, we will not be able to hear the voice of God and fear wins the day. Faith gives way to fear. To learn to be quiet brings about the very opposite and faith prevails!
This encouragement is very good for us to hear: to persist in faith regardless of what can be an overwhelming amount of voices that attempt to crowd His voice out from our mind.
Perhaps the words of St Paul are apropos here. He says that the path to spiritual maturity, stability, etc. is this: “Let no one be deceived. If anyone among you thinks that they are wise in this age, let them become a fool that they may become wise” (1 Corinthians 3:16). In other words: we are used to the ways of the world and its pressures seem so overwhelming; but the way to true life is in leaning on God and His wisdom. We need to hear from His Spirit. That is a “first thing;” a basic necessity.