“Be still, and know that I am God;” Psalm 46:10a
One of the many advantages of the ‘blessed week’ I spent in jail was learning what I could do without and what I truly needed.
I could do without the TV, social media, and even food for a couple of days. But I could not make it without God and His Word.
After breakfast on Wednesday morning of that week, pastor Tom Bridges arrived at the jail. Jailers called my name and I was sent to meet him in the room for visitors.
He is a gem of a man who has ministered to inmates for more than two decades. Once I explained my story he gave me a Bible and a pep talk.
We spoke for at least an hour. The Bible Tom gave me was without study notes. It was just God’s Word.
I could now focus entirely on scripture. That may sound hyper-spiritual, but at the maximum pressure points in life we turn to something or somebody. It could be a friend, spouse, drugs, alcohol, a different addiction or even death is mistakenly preferred by some who choose suicide. By God’s grace I was turning to Him.
I was free of all my jobs, totaling 80-plus hours a week, and all responsibilities.
Only in jail could I be this free.
Over the next five days, I studied selected passages and went verse by verse through the books of John, Romans, and Hebrews.
I read John to assure myself of Christ’s love for me, to draw close to Him. And Romans because the book provides so much of the fundamentals of Christianity.
And Hebrews to read how Christ my High Priest was interceding for me.
I grew more from Nov. 21 to Nov. 27, 2017 than during the previous decade. All from a trial.
I was blessed with time to seek God again. He stilled me. “Be still, and know that I am God;” Psalm 46:10a
I was forced to be still in jail. I wasn’t going anywhere.
Now even though I have gone through that experience and have no TV, I can still be distracted during a year with so much news, a virus, riots and a hotly contested election on the horizon.
But not matter what comes, we need to prioritize time to be still with God and His Word, so that we can know God.
“But let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” Jer. 9:24