Throughout the Bible God says, “Be still.” I wonder how long it’s been since you actually did this. I think most people never have anytime of simply sitting still and being quiet and this may be one of the reasons we are so out of sorts.
Several times in the Old Testament we read where Israel was in a tight spot staring right at an immense enemy not knowing what to do and God’s response to them was something like “Be still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” To most that sounds like the worst advice ever doesn’t it? I mean “Be still?” That’s the last thing we need to do. We need to mobilize our forces, draw up some strategy and check our weapons, right? No! God is telling us to look to him. Stop rushing about in an attempt to take care of things ourselves. After all isn’t that why we have found ourselves in such a predicament in the first place?
In man’s infinite wisdom we have made our lives full of activity and rushing about thinking that’s the way things get done. God, on the other hand, isn’t in such a hurry. He says we can get where we’re going with much less effort and struggle if we just learn to look to him first.
There is a place for hard work, but there is a way that work can happen which comes from a place of rest. In Hebrews 4 we are told to labor to enter into that rest. It seems people have always had a difficult time being still. It’s actually work to enter rest. Obviously God has things for us to do but he isn’t expecting us to do them in our own power and strength rather he tells us to rest from our “own works.” In fact someone once asked Jesus “What must we do to do the works of God?” His response was amazing he said, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” Our belief, or trusting, in Jesus Christ is what God is after, and one result of believing in him is we will actually be at rest, or still, and know God’s got this. You see, the never ending temptation to get busy and the thoughts that say, “We’ve got to do something!” are probably not coming from God.
I challenge you to find someplace comfortable and quiet and be still on purpose today for a few minutes and ask God to speak to you. Get quiet before him he wants to show you something; maybe an easier and more efficient way to get the task done with much less stress and energy. We must learn to be still.
Written by Louie