Sunday, August 2, 2015

God’s People Are Commanded To “Be Still”......EASIER SAID, THAN DONE!

God's People Are Commanded To "Be Still"

Be still and know that I am God," is not just a bible verse, it is a state of being. 

It is the ability to know God well enough to trust in his abilities to rescue you. As we learn to be still and trust in God, we come to know and understand that we are God's children. We are never alone, never unaided and never forgotten. He will come to us. All it takes is for us to be still.

"Be still, and know that I am God," the Psalmist insists (Psalm 46:10). And note that being still isn't an option, but a prerequisite.

Here the word is telling us that we need not to be anxious; instead we need to be calm, confident , and trust in our God as we sit still and await His divine presence and power. Psalm 46:10 encourages us to reflect on what God can do in the face of what we are unable to do.

Before we plead with God to help us with our problems, we should pray with the Psalmist, "For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him" (Psalm 62:5). We can breathe deeply, inhaling the Spirit that gives us life.

While we must take the initiative to fulfill our responsibilities and live our lives, the uncertainties of living in a world of sin and woe will continually challenge us. Personal initiative is no substitute for reliance upon God. 

This command—"be still"—forces us to think on two things: that we are finite, and that God is infinite. 

That being the case, we need to drop our hands, go limp, relax, and "chill out." Christian people ought to "come, behold the works of Jehovah," (v. 8) that we may enjoy a calm confidence in him who gave us his Son.

Many times we feel, burned out, tired and stressed. Many times we feel that the weight of the world is on our shoulders as we attempt to live our 
lives. Sometimes we feel that we cannot take even one more step as circumstances and life have drained us. God knew that we would find ourselves in these situations and directed us in His word that when we find ourselves in these situations that we should stop, sit down and relax.

It is not only hard to be still, but it is difficult to find the time to be still, as being still goes against our natural grain. Our natural tendencies are pedal to the medal, full speed ahead. But here in His Word, God is instructing us to us to put on brakes and be still. 

Being still before God is not inactivity, it is wisdom.

When we sit still and trust God, it will silence the enemy as he knows God is our rescue. As we put our trust and faith in God, tomorrow will always come. As we sit quietly and wait on Him, He will keep our heart at rest, averting feelings of fear, stress and despair. When we are broken we cannot find rest, and hope is nowhere to be found. Our hope is found in the grace of God by Christ Jesus.

David said, "Why am I discouraged, broken, depressed, down in the dumps, crying the blues; Why am I sad; I will put my hope in God, I will fix my heart and eyes on him and He will bring gladness to my soul."

As we sit still and put our trust in God, He will turn our brokenness into gladness, our sorrow into peace, and our sadness into joy. We will laugh with His joy in our hearts while there are still tears in our eyes. He will renew life within us, if we will but sit still and know that He is our God, as we rest on His promises.

His Word tells us to stop all the running around relax in Him, allowing Him to be the first, the middle, and the last in our lives. It is His desire to give us rest, hope and more, if we put Him first and foremost in our lives and lay aside all other things.

When we are still we can see the hand of God working in our lives and experience His kindness. Our lives can turn around, and everything that has gone wrong can begin to go right. We can find happiness as our worries, stress and fears, vanish. In being still, God can reveal Himself to us and we will know Him.

Matthew 11:28-30

 "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Broken? 
Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

Jesus is telling us to take a rest, be still and watch as He works for the good in our lives; in doing so we will know Him, as we see Him perform miracles for us each and every day. As we sit, rest and wait, we will see the words of the Psalmist come alive in our lives. Learn the rhythm of His grace as you are still before God.

"Shall he not also with him freely give us all things?" Paul reasoned (Romans 8:32).

Be still because of what you know about God.

It is "God's past" that provides calm for "our future." Know that he is God! Know it, not merely intellectually, but practically, spiritually, and emotionally. He is your God. He is the ruler of kingdoms of this earth and the all-powerful Creator of the Universe.

If you find yourself struggling with life, remember, "The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still" (Exodus 14:14).

When you are really stressed you can take deep breaths to the rhythm of, "Come Holy Spirit...bring me peace." It really helps.

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth do change" Psalm 46:1-2

Here are ten words and their definitions that can teach us how to be still in the times of a storm and recognize the power of God.

Still: free from noise or turbulence; untroubled

When we are free from outside noise or turbulence, we are able to hear the still small voice of God's Spirit as he comes to comfort and guide us through our trials. Some of the noise we experience that could be blocking our ability to feel God's presence is our own worry. When we learn to change our thoughts from negative to positive, we are more able to feel God's love because we are in harmony with him. The noise and turbulence is replaced by a sweet melody of peace.

Calm: a period or condition of freedom from storms; a state of tranquility

To be calm does not mean that the storm is no longer all around you, it means that the storm is no longer within you. The storms may still rage, but you are free from the effects of them. They no longer trouble you because you know in whom you have trusted. You are in a place where you no longer fear.

Hushed: to put at rest; mollify-to soothe in temper or disposition

Often times, when trials come, we tend to get angry with God and cry out in complaint. When we do this, we lessen our ability to feel the Spirit, because we leave no room in our hearts for the Spirit to dwell. God cannot dwell in a heart that is full of anger. It is when we learn to put at rest our complaints and cast our burdens on the Lord, to hush our cries and wait upon him, that we will find solace. He will bind our broken hearts.

Peaceful: untroubled by conflict; devoid of violence or force

Sometimes when difficulties arise, we allow the anger and frustrations from those trials to push us into violence, or we try to force our will upon the Lord. Neither one of these choices will bring us peace. When conflicts come and we are untroubled by them because of our faith in God, only then can we know peace.

Placid: serenely free of interruption or disturbance

We can learn to be still as we pray, read scripture, go for a walk, meditate or give ourselves time to ponder free from interruption or disturbance. This not only allows us to communicate with our Heavenly Father, it allows our Heavenly Father to communicate with us.

Restful: marked by, affording, or suggesting rest and repose; being at rest

Often times, the busyness of life makes it impossible for us to truly hear what God is trying to tell us. It is when we slow down and allow ourselves the opportunity to rest that our mind and heart can focus on those things that are of the greatest importance. God wants to talk to us, but we have to be ready and available to listen.

Serene: shining bright and steady

While reading with my children, I learned that the sun does not rise and the sun does not set. It is an illusion. Instead, the Sun stays still, steady and bright, and as the Earth turns to face the sun, that is when the morning comes. The darkness of night comes when the Earth turns away. It is the same with us. In our trials, when we turn to face the Son, who is steady and bright, just like the Earth, we are filled with light. If instead we choose to turn away from him, the darkness of night will surely come. Choose to face the light.

Quiet: gentle, easy going, i.e. quiet nature

When we are gentle and easygoing, we are more able to hear God's commands. He gently persuades us to love him and serve others. We are more able to ease our own troubles, and we will carry God's spirit within us, which will aid us in easing the burdens of others.

Stilly: in a calm manner

When we approach life, and our trials, in a calm manner, we are more able to see the bigger picture and outline a plan of recovery. Not only does it allow us to have a clear mind, but it allows us to help calm the fears of those around us.

Tranquil: free from agitation of mind or spirit

When our mind and spirit are still, our whole body is at peace. We are able to see things with a clear mind, feel things with a pure heart and hear the voice of our Heavenly Father with ears that are open and in tune with his spirit. We will know God because we will be one with him.

Some Bible Verses That Apply:

Psalms 46:10 - Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Exodus 14:13 - And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day

Psalms 37:7 - Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Exodus 14:14 - The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

Psalms 62:5 - My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

Psalms 23:1-6 - The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalms 127:2 - It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

Psalms 46:1-11 - God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  

Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Isaiah 41:10-13 - Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  

Isaiah 32:17 - And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth do change" Psalm 46:1-2

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