Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Boys and Girls of all ages, the title to this post offers you the reader some pretty simple instructions to follow. Those four very basic and simple instructions once again are Be Still, Be Quiet, Be Calm, & Be Happy. Just where did I end up getting such simple instructions? I didn’t get those instructions from a poster I saw on the side of a bus or beneath the earth while walking in a subway tunnel. I didn’t get those instructions from a celebrity focused magazine or a psychiatrist but I did get those very simple words from The Bible and tonight I want to explain to all my readers just how I came across these words.
This last year has been a very confusing one to be kind. Allow me to catch my readers up to speed. This past January a member in family blasphemed against the Holy Ghost when they signed a court order to order that I stop doing Bible Study with my church… Needless to say when this got the court order in an attempt to stop me from praying. I knew that I was endangering my soul being there. However, I wouldn’t stop praying and doing Bible study with my church so I dealt with various police officers. I was ordered to go to prison for praying. Worry not children I have read this story and I know how it ends.
Daniel 6:10-22King James Version (KJV)
10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.
14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.
15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.
16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.
17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.
18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.
19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
I talked about this very issue in a previous post titled. The Price Of Prayer. If you want more details on the matter, I suggest you read the post to catch up to speed on the current events of what’s going on in my life. I’m here to talk to my readers about the now. Fast fwd to the month of February, the compassion of Christ fell upon me and my Mom stepped in and would not see go to prison for such a foolish thing such as a silly document.
So my mother worked out a deal with the police officers to bring to a home for certain people. I have been living in this home for the past three months and although I could still pray and not have to worry about seeing the back of a cop I disliked my time there. It was very noisy. At times I couldn’t pray like I wanted especially at night before sleep because I was afraid for my safety with certain people who living in my room. However the sale of house meant this guy meaning me had to leave because I wasn’t covered under a certain government program with perks. Even I knew the sale was going to place in mid May I was very confused because I had no idea where I was going to be housed.
Without getting angry I asked the previous owner where will I be placed. We had discussed possible options but the only problem was none of them sat well with me… So with just hours to go until I was to move I still wasn’t comfortable with leaving the house I was in. Needless to say confusion for all involved in the sale was raging in the air. There was confusion between myself, the owner, and the new owner… So as myself and the former owner were driving to temporary option I talked with him in the driveway.
I plainly said to him that “the reason I’m in this mess to begin with is because various decisions were made for me without my understanding behind it. Let’s think about this for a moment and just breathe.”
Proverbs 15:1King James Version (KJV)
15 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
After that I suggested a house that I knew about. I called the owner of the house up and he invited me to live in my current home. It turns out that well before I got to the house there were meetings about me suggesting that I come to see this house months ago. As soon as I found out who gave me the recommendation I said yes to the place…. I have been here for about a week and I am starting to see the perks that come with living in a house like this. The reason I say this because I’m getting fat. I’m getting fat in the soul and in the stomach. What I mean by getting fat in soul is that my prayer time has increased 10 fold. My health has also increased 10 fold because I’m eating better food. I’m no longer eating butter flavoured sandwiches. For the past three months in previous house I ate butter sandwiches and in doing so, I often went to bed hungry and began to lose thirty pounds. Since staying here for a little while I have been able to pray consistently three times a day. I have been able to fast. I have been able listen to sermons, music and talk to the Lord. Never forget these words. The world likes to say that God works in mysterious ways and we Christian folk like quote scripture because his ways are not ours ways….
Isaiah 55:8-9King James Version (KJV)
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
By allowing myself to get still before the Lord, he has supplied every need I require because I am simply looking for Jesus daily. Through this process of getting still I have learned this great teaching found in the Book of Hebrews.
Hebrews 13:5King James Version (KJV)
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
In this post I just explained why we as Christians should always be still, quiet, calm and happy. We Have Jesus.. Do I need to explain more? I think not…