Monday, February 16, 2009
Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
Be still. God at times tells His people to stop, be perfectly still so we can see the salvation of the Lord. In Ex 14:13 He says, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today.” God was just about to work. The saving action for that problem was just about to break out on the scene. God wanted to get their attention so that they would be looking for His wonders. He told them to be still and watch, not to wait and see. Being still is waiting for the miracle that God has at hand. When God says, “Be Still”, He may be getting to show us His wonders. We should not take this directive with a sour attitude but as a cue that God is on the verge of bringing the solution that is best according to His wisdom. Being still is an exciting command because it indicates that God is about to bring us a knowledge of Himself. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God. “ There is a knowledge of God that comes with the stillness. He will supply a knowing of Himself that is necessary to the people and the situation.
In a hardship or trial we can become weary to the point of not wanting to move. That is not the same as being still; that is simply being tired and God may just tell you to get back up. Being still is not a passive response to a situation when you are out of ideas. Being still is not simply ceasing to strive. You can tell a child to stop running, and he may. But that is not the same as being still. We can put forth all our efforts to a circumstance or difficulty and then we can strive actively in prayer. Neither of these is wrong but when God says “Be Still”, they are to cease so we can be positioned to see His best for us. We tend to think of being still as the last thing a person does; when they have given up on a situation. We have little value for those who are not working hard to improve the problematic situation at hand. There is no esteem or respect for the direction to be still. We seem to think it as defeat, or a deflation to be told to stop and watch. But it is an invitation to watch God rescue us. It is a front-row seat to the miraculous, if we will but take our place. Being still before God is a deliberate action, by grace. We tend to overrate activity. We think we must always be doing something. There is a time for movement, a time for waiting and a time to be still. Waiting for God is not necessarily the same as being still. Waiting may just be a resting until further direction is given. Waiting is good; it is blessed. We should always wait on God when we don’t know what to do. Being still is a directive from God; it is an answer to the waiting. God may tell us to persist in prayer, to cry it out to Him until He answers. He may tell us to wait longer. He may tell us to run away or run through. And He may tell us to be still because He is about to show Himself to us in a way that we must be still to see.
In being still, we are immovable. We are still, immovable, steadfast, standing firm. That may mean we cease activity and it may not. It is an inner quietness that is immediately ready to embrace what God is ready to pour out. Stillness is intense, ready, peaceful and sure. It is like lightening ready to strike real close. Stillness hangs in the air like a static or the eye of the storm, or the quiet before a tornado. Our stillness is a sign to the enemy that he is about to come up against a wall. A big, unchangeable, wall – God Himself.
- Ruben & Deb
- I met Jesus in March 1997 and soon after I began the practice of writing things down that were happening in my life with the Lord. Over the years, in the rare times that I have looked back into older journals, I have found that the things the Lord was showing me then are the same things He is showing me now. This does not make them less helpful, on the contrary, it makes them more helpful. God is exactly who He says He is and is doing all that He said He would. We need to be reminded of God and His faithfulness. The intention of this blog is to encourage God's people to continue and to grow in their confidence in Jesus Christ. The things posted here are from my journal and are meant to be an example of God's love and help as He loves and helps me. I would expect that you would have reason to trust Jesus Christ with your life (and death) if you haven't heard about Him so I invite you to go to my page "About Jesus" to see why you can and should have every confidence in Jesus and Jesus only for all things.