Is There More To “Being Still?”

September 14, 2017

"Be still and know...." Year after year God had put this verse on my heart. Surely he had new plans or was there more to being still I needed to learn?Year after year God puts this verse on my heart, but this year I was sure he would give me a new one. After all, I had experienced the benefits of sitting still with God. Surely he had new plans or was there more to being still I needed to learn?

As I quietly sat in my quiet time chair, I prayed, “God, what verse do you have for me this year?” Anxiously I waited for a new one to come to my mind. I was listening intently to God’s voice, but I heard nothing new. So I continued with my questions, “Where is it you want me to grow and learn this year?” I sat and sat and would you believe he gave me the same darn verse.

Of course, it is a beautiful scripture packed rich with meaning, but I was frustrated.

“Why God, am I not ready for something new.”

My usual response flowed out of me, ” I know, I know I need to be still with you.” “I know how important that time is with you.” “No, I don’t do it perfectly, but I have made a habit of sitting with you, and I absolutely know the benefits from the inside out.” What on earth could I be missing?

My frustration with God quickly changed to feelings of failure. I berated myself, “God can’t trust me with something new because I can’t seem to get the old down.” “He knows I can’t get it right, so he keeps on me.” I so wanted to move on and feel the victory of being obedient to God, but he keeps sending me back to the same verse.

Yes, yes, yes I am not a saint, my faults are many. I struggle with being still. Productivity and getting things done is how I like to roll. I am high energy with tons of capacity so why would God ask me to sit still AGAIN. After all, I could be doing things for God instead of resting with God. Why he wouldn’t let somebody else do the sitting and let me do the doing. Now that makes more sense to me.

But year after year this is the verse he leads me to.

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

Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

So, as the years have gone by I have settled into –  THIS IS MY VERSE. Not because I have mastered it but because this scripture is something I desperately need.

God knows I do not rest well and it leaves a gaping hole for the enemy to enter.

When I accepted this was my verse to stay, I wondered was there more to it than what seemed to be so obvious. Did I understand what “be still” meant in the context of the verse or in my life? Was there something more I was missing?

What does it mean to “Be Still” with God?” Is there more?

My definition of “be still” works well in my life. I need to be quiet, cease doing, and listen to God. I need that time to refuel, replenish, and just hang out with my Lord. As I quiet myself, it brings me closer to an intimate relationship with God. All true and good but I found out there was so much more to the meaning.

The original Hebrew word used for being still is Raphah. It means to stop striving, to cause yourself to let go, to willingly submit ourselves to God and his control, surrender to God, to slacken off, leave alone, become weak, to relax, to let alone, to be quiet, to be silent, inactive or still.

It stood out like never before.

In our stillness God wants us to let go.

To give it all to him, one must actively cause the letting go; it doesn’t just happen.

My being still with God was never wrong, but there was so much more to it.

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Are you holding on to something that you need to let go of? If so, I encourage you to take a piece of paper out and scribble down what you need to let go of and then take it to God and let him have it. Of course, if you are anything like me this will be something you need to do over and over again. My dear sweet friends, there is so much more to being still than just being in the presence of God which is pretty amazing in itself.

What does being still with God mean to you?

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22 Comments

  1. Reply

    Alyson

    Hi Maree, What a wonderful post about a wonderful verse! Hebrew words seem to be much more rich and descriptive than our English words, don’t they? I love how God took you deeper into that verse! Thanks for inspiring us to go deeper too! ~Alyson

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      Maree Dee

      Alyson,

      Yes, it is so true the Hebrew meanings are rich and descriptive and sometimes tell more than our English words. I used never to want to take the time to look further into scripture, but I sure was glad I did on this verse. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day. Maree

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    Michele Morin

    I always love Psalm 46’s confirmation that the stillness of God can come in the midst of the “mountains falling into the midst of the sea.”
    Blessings to you, Maree.

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      Maree Dee

      Michele,

      Don’t you just love it when the stillness comes in the middle of mountains falling? I love that unexplainable peace. Hope you had a great Monday. Maree

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    Lesley

    I constantly need to be reminded of this verse too! For me, being still is important because it reminds me that God is in charge and that everything does not depend on me or what I do.

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      Maree Dee

      Lesley – Good point, it does remind me too that God is in charge, not me. What a sense of relief when I allow myself to go there. Thank you for adding to the conversation. Maree

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    Kalyani Nagarajan

    Hi Marie!!

    Very interesting indeed….I did not know that “Being still” is letting go ….to surrender what you are holding on too tightly and give it to God.
    I though it meant to “be quiet.”
    Yes, it applies to every situation in life where we need to let go.
    Another verse just came to my mind. “Let go and let God.”
    I have a Christian friend of 24 years…and I need to let go of her.
    Our relationship is not healthy…..I did let go of her…but…in the back of my mind I am thinking of her and what she is doing…

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      Maree Dee

      Kalyani, I do still believe the meaning can be “be quiet” but is so much more. I agree it applies to every situation in life. I don’t know about you, but I have many areas I need to let go. I like “Let go and Let God.” I am sorry to hear about your friendship of 24 years and the need to let go. Gosh with that many years behind you it makes sense that you are thinking of her. Hope you are having a fantastic weekend. Maree

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    Jill

    Maree-Such truth here and my thoughts are echoes of yours here too. I spent all of last month focusing on ‘letting go’ and I know first hand how easy it is to clutch rather than let go. Or grab it back again after surrender. Thanks for this reminder that being still with God includes letting go.

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      Maree Dee

      Jill,

      Yes, it is so easy to grab it back after we let it go. Thank you for the reminder to spend focused time on letting it go. It isn’t always easy. Thank you for stopping and leaving your wise words. Maree

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    Kristina Gorr

    Yes, yes, yes! I NEED THIS SO MUCH right now. Thank you for sharing your experience and revelation. It’s encouraged me to be more intentional with pursuing the quiet time with God. <3

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Kristina,

      I would love to hear how you are more intentional with your quiet time with God. I think many of us struggle with being still. Blessings Maree

  7. Reply

    BettieG

    This post is so timely for me, as my OneWord for this past year has been stillness. God has been showing me so much about being still with Him. But I don’t know why I had not done a study on the Hebrew meaning of the word yet! Thank you so much for including that here. I needed this tonight. Blessings to you!

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      Maree Dee

      Bettie,
      You are so welcome. Please do share what you have learned. I would love to hear how your year has been. Have you found stillness getting easier? Any tips for all of us? Have a great weekend. Maree

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        BettieG

        Thanks Maree Dee! One of the biggest things about stillness that I have begun to learn is to let Jesus bring stillness to my thoughts. I discovered when I began a discipline of centering or silent prayer, that it was excruciating for me to sit in silence with Him, even for 5 minutes. As I let Him help me with this, I can see Him bring more peace to me. It is definitely an ongoing lesson for me!

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          Maree Dee

          Bettie, I couldn’t agree with you more sitting with Jesus brings peace. I too have found it hard to sit in silence with him, but the more I practice it and see the rewards I am all in. Of course, I have to keep redirecting back to sitting.

          Happy Saturday!

          Maree

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    Robinality

    Love this Maree Dee, “In our stillness God wants us to let go.” I needed to hear these words today. I have been a bit anxious due to the recent hurricane and the impact on my community (I live in Central Fl). Today, I need to let go and let God be God – these words will definitely be placed on a post-it on my desk as a daily reminder. Thank you for sharing!

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      Maree Dee

      Robin,

      I am so glad my words were just what you needed today. I bet you have been anxious if you live in Florida. Is your family all safe? Did you have much damage to your property? I bet the suffering is all around you. Sending prayers right now as I send this.

      Maree

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    Edie Emory

    Sometimes I wonder how I’m supposed to “be still” when life it so hectic I feel like I can hardly keep up! Such great reminders in this post. Thank you so much for sharing!

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      Maree Dee

      Edie,

      I am right there with you. It is so hard to “be still” yet so rewarding.

      All the Best,

      Maree

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    KellyRBaker

    Yes, thanks for bringing out a more accurate meaning of this verse. Other versions say cease striving, the Gesenius’ Lexicon says leave off our attempts and let God. That makes me think of when we try to do a work in our own efforts. Much more to glean, I’m sure. Like I wonder if He is going to do a miraculous work? I’m interested to hear your thoughts this month, Maree!

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      Maree Dee

      Kelly,

      Thank you for sharing more information on this verse. I frequently get busy and overwhelmed and then realize somewhere along the way I forgot God. I look forward to your wise word this month as we dive into being still.
      Have a great day!
      Maree

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