When God Wants You to Be Still

{By Samantha Roose}

be still

This past semester my life was a whirlwind that I could not keep up with.  Drowning in my commitments I frantically took action in any way possible.  When I sought the Lord for direction and tips on how to use my time most efficiently all I heard was “be still.”  Finally, I stumbled across Psalm 46:10,

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” 

I couldn’t fathom that God actually wanted me to be still. 

Wasn’t He the same God that said “faith without works is dead”?!  Searching through the Old Testament I came across countless records of God telling His chosen people to put on their armor, take up their weapons, and take their stand. But, He always ended by commanding them, “watch and see what I will do.”

So, the Israelites girded up and stood their ground and watched the Lord give them victory.  The Israelites were not without action.  The Israelites obeyed.  They did the work God commanded them to do.  In my business and desire not to let anyone down, I become caught up in doing a million things that God did not ask me to do.

Being still requires obedience.

Obedience to do what God sets before you and not do what belongs to Him.  That’s where “know that I am God,” comes in.  Once we obey and do what God put in front of us to do we have to trust that He has a plan.  Finally, He promises, “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  God will proclaim His glory – we must be faithful.

Recently, a friend of mine told me every time we talked on the phone, “when you stress you take the situation out of God’s hands and into your own.”

Being still does not mean that you sit and wait, rather it means leaving things in God’s hands while being obedient to do what He requires of you; then watching God accomplish His plan in your life and bringing Himself glory through you!

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