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Be Still

by Kathleen Whitten

 

Several years ago, I was working on reading and spelling with my six-year-old. Uncaptivated by my sage instruction, she wiggled non-stop. I must have told her to “be still” fifteen times.

She stood up and down, rocked in her chair, tapped her pencil on the desk, leaned to the left till she nearly fell out of her chair, leaned to the right till she nearly fell out of her chair and then shook her head from side to side progressively faster and faster until her eyes were almost crossed.

“Be still” I repeated with more and more force.

Finally, she tipped back her chair and inquired, “WHY do I have to be still?”

I thought, does her childish mind not yet comprehend that most people can’t learn, listen, or focus unless they are still? I have some things to tell her that she will need to know! Why won’t she just be still and listen?

“Mattie,” I said in my firmest Mommy-Teacher voice, “You have to be still in order to get what I am saying!”

“Oh, well just remind me,” she replied, while flapping her arms like bird.

Do you know the funny thing? As frustrated as her reply made me, I realized that God has to remind me to “be still” just like I have to remind Mattie to “be still.”

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God...”
Exodus 14:14 says, “...you need only to be still.
Nehemiah 8:11 tells the people to “Be still...”
Jeremiah 47:6 says to “...cease and be still.’
Zechariah 2:13 says, “Be still before the LORD, all mankind...”
Jesus even calmed the storm in Mark 4:39 by saying, “Quiet! Be still!
And finally Psalm 37:7 says for us to “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him...”

Do you think God is trying to make a point here?
But let’s read a little more of Psalm 37 because God gives us specific things TO DO and specific things NOT TO DO - even while being still!!!

Psalm 37:1-9 “Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret - it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.”

While being still we are NOT to:
fret, fret, fret,
or be angry or wrathful.

While being still we ARE to:
trust in the Lord, do good, delight ourselves in Him,
commit our ways to Him, wait patiently for God and hope in Him!!!

And notice what God promises when we do these things. When we are still and trust in the Lord, do good, delight ourselves in Him, commit our ways to Him, wait patiently for God and hope in Him...then God promises that He will: give us safe pasture, give us the desires of our hearts, make our righteousness shine like the dawn and the justice of our causes like the noonday sun, and we will inherit the land!!! Wow!!! We should “be still” more often!!!

You see, there is a time to prepare, talk, pray, reason, seek counsel, and even do battle. But there is also a time to BE STILL.

Could it be that the answers to our prayers have been given but we have been too “wiggly” to hear it?

Could it be that God is waiting patiently for us to stop and “be still” before He can reveal more wonderful spiritual things?
Maybe we need a major miracle in the area of relationships or finances or health and God is simply asking us to “be still” and let Him do His thing! Most of us can recite the scripture, “Be still and know that I am God...”
But have we understood it as “Be still and know that I am God...” (In other word, God is saying: not you - but ME - the Creator of the Universe, The KING of Kings, Your Lord and Savior - will bring the truth to light, create miracles of your messes, and supply all your needs - not you!)

We need to read Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God...” in full context:

Psalm 46:1-11 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; He lifts His voice, the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see the works of the LORD, the desolations He has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; He breaks the bow and shatters the spear, He burns the shields with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Ironically, Mattie has Psalm 46:10 written on her pillow from one of the vacation Bible schools this summer. Every evening she lays her head down on BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.

What do you lay your head down on at night? CNN? Your “To Do” list? Your worries? Your hurts? Your plans? Your dependence on others?

If need be, write it on your pillow, “Be still and know that I am God.” And Be Still because He is working things for good to those who know and trust Him. (Romans 8:28)

Pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, Please forgive me for wiggling and striving and working and fretting and fussing and fighting and even “forcing” when I know that there are times when You have clearly told me to “Be still.”

God, please help me to recognize that there is a difference between giving up and giving up to You!

I have done all that I can do in __________(situation, relationship, concern) and I choose today to “be still” and hope, trust and delight in You!

Please help me also to “be still” during my busy days so that I might receive your wisdom and hear your precious Holy Spirit. I love You, Lord. Amen.

Believe:

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God...”
Exodus 14:14 says, “...you need only to be still.”
Nehemiah 8:11 tells the people to “Be still...
Jeremiah 47:6 says to “...cease and be still.”
Zechariah 2:13 says, “Be still before the LORD, all mankind...”
Mark 4:39 says, “Quiet! Be still!”

Psalm 37:1-9 “Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret - it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.”

Psalm 46:1-11 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see the works of the LORD, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”


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