Here is a great word picture of dwelling in stillness. Psalm 91:1 says, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Can you picture yourself there?
John 15:4 Amplified says, “Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. (Live in Me, and I will live in you.) Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.”
Vitally means absolutely necessary or essential. John 15:5 is another verse that needs to be framed and hung on our heart’s wall. It says, “…for without Me you can do nothing.” It is an absolute truth that cannot be altered, or worked around. In short, it means to dwell through intimate communion~like Joshua lingered in God’s presence.
Our lives are hectic. We have planners, to-do-lists, alerts on our phones, or sticky notes tacked around to help us stay on track. I remember hearing Pastor Paul Yungi Cho saying something like when he was the most busy, he knew he needed to spend more time with the Lord in prayer.
Prayer and daily reading His word are both essential disciplines. However, intimate communion is as essential as breathing. Without breath we die. Without intimate communion we shrivel up into spiritual dehydration. Dwelling versus visiting, breathing in His Presence versus attending a church service. Bearing fruit, that glorifies the Lord, is the result of dwelling in stillness rather than the activity of doing.