In the fast-paced world we live in today , being still seems to be a foreign language to most. And some of us grew up thinking, being still meant to do nothing.
However, I’ve also come to know, that kingdom principles do not necessarily line-up with worldly principles.
Sure there are great benefits to being still physically, ceasing from labor to enjoy a complete physical rest. But the being still I am talking about today is; learning what it means to be still in the Lord.
Earlier this week while I was getting ready for work, I was thinking about how hectic it’s been at work and at home.
Customers were demanding and uptight. Our water heater and air conditioner was acting up. A brother had to wash up in the sink all week. Something had to give.
Well as I was about to go downstairs, I glanced over at plaque on our wall that said… “Be still, and know that I am God.” And I found myself staring at it for about; 5 to 10 minutes.
I remember going to work feeling overwhelmed. So much was going on, I was frustrated thinking there’s nothing I can do. Lord what are you doing?
Then, the Lord brought to my remembrance, Psalm 46:10.
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” ~ Psalm 46:10 NLT
What Does Being Still In The Lord Mean?
As I began to meditate on that verse throughout the day, the Lord revealed three things to me about being still.
- Being still doesn’t mean to physically BE STILL, and stop doing what you know to do.
- Being still means; to be still in our mind, at peace in our heart and spirit, regardless of what’s going on around us.
- Being still means; don’t be anxious, worried, uptight, or frantic about things. BEING STILL means to stop fighting the battles you know you can’t win in your own strength.
Things are going to happen in your life that you can’t control. And when that happens, it’s going to require us to BE STILL AND KNOW THAT GOD IS GOD.
Simply stated, He is God, and we are not. God knows what is best for us. God knows everything we ask for isn’t what we need. The moment we try to step in and play God, is the moment our circumstances go from bad to worse.
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The revelation I received from God at that moment was that while I have done all, I know to do to stand, I must, we must continue to stand. And keeping doing what we know to do, while we wait on the God of heaven to do what we can’t!
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” ~ Ephesians 6:13 KJV
That week I had to keep going to work, working unto God not unto man. I had to keep serving and fulfilling our ministry obligations. I had to keep praying; keep seeking God; keep spending time with my wife and children.
I couldn’t afford to sit and do nothing, worrying about our situation or stressing out over what was before us. I had to make up in my mind, to be still in the doing. I had to continue being still in my mind, my heart and my spirit.
And guess what? By the end of the week, everything worked out better than we prayed for. Because that is the kind of God we serve!
In The End
After reflecting how good God was all week; I realized that all that time trying to figure out what we were going to do, how were we going to manage, was a waste of time. I realized I can’t control what happens to me. But I can control how I respond to what happens to me.
So, whatever you’re worried, anxious, or frantic about; I want to encourage you to STOP, AND BE STILL.
Once you have done all you know to do to stand, continue to stand your ground. You must stand with confidence in God’s Word and stand on His promises. Knowing that God is not a man that He would lie.
Not to mention, the God of Heaven will never leave you nor forsake you, because… GOD GOT YOU!
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~ André Gray