Monday, November 26, 2007

You Need Only to Be Still

Exodus 14:13-14 (New International Version)
13 Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."

Sometimes we are actively engaged in battles that no-one sees in our daily lives; battles against negativity, misunderstandings; struggles within our own hearts.

What a powerful encouragement these verses are for just such a circumstance. The battle belongs to the Lord; I need only to "be still."

Only to "be still?" Is it really that simple? Yes, for in his presence we find that "peace which transcends all understanding." (Philippians 4:7)

In his presence our hearts are turned from the twin sins of pride and Self. In his presence our hearts are turned from earth towards heaven. In his presence we are changed.

I Googled "being still" and found these questions at a wonderful blog with the link

"When was the last time you were just still?

To hear complete quietness and doing absolutely nothing except meditate on this verse?

Have you stilled your mind?

Have you stilled your heart?

Have you stilled your soul?"

Psalm 46:10 (New International Version)
10 "Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."


Susan said...

Being "still" is the HARDEST thing to be when you have been hurt or misunderstood or misjudged. But yes, it is the most powerful weapon in the battle of our lives and for our minds. It gets "us" out of the way. If we are truly "still", there is nothing left for us to do but wait for God to act. (We can't gossip, or defend, or perseverate or become bitter or ANYTHING). The scriptures have a lot to say about the value of "waiting on the Lord". Our strength is renewed among so many other things! And it's SO MUCH FUN when he begins to unroll the fruit of our waiting. It is darkest before the dawn (the waiting gets harder and harder and seems to mount to a great crescendo of "being still" just before he acts. The temptation is to jump out and accomplish what we can ourselves in the situation, but oh, we stand to miss so much if we give in to that. God's ability to work out our difficulties is just so far, far, superior to our own. It truly is "worth waiting for".

Lamentations 3:25
The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,To the person who seeks Him.

Belinda said...

Susan, what a paradox--"a great crescendo" of "being still." It makes me smile!

Your comment is beautiful and full of truth.

Susan said...

I know it's true. I just lived it this past week. :o)

God is SO GOOD, eh?