Have you mastered being still with God, or are you a perpetual work in progress in this area like me? We may know, understand, and even experience the benefits, and yet we struggle to quiet ourselves long enough to hear what God has to say. What if we reminded ourselves, that there is so much more to being still with our Lord than what we could ever comprehend?
Each year I sit with God and ask Him to reveal a verse and a goal for the year. This particular year I was excited to sit and talk with God. My scripture had been, “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. Honestly, I thought I had nailed it and experienced the benefits of sitting still with God. I was eagerly looking forward to seeing what He might have in store for me in the new year.
Surely God had a new plan.
I could barely wait to get to my quiet time chair. As I calmly sat, 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 for God’s voice, but I heard nothing further. 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 and rich with meaning. However, I was still frustrated.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
“Why, God, am I not ready for something new?” Is there more to Being Still?
My responses and questions to God flowed out of me at rapid speed, “Lord, I know, I need to be still with you.” “It is important to me too.” “No, I don’t do it perfectly, but I have made a habit of sitting with you.” “I know the benefits from the inside out.” “God, what on earth could I be missing?”
How could I be failing year after year at doing it right?
My frustration with God’s choice quickly changed to feelings of failure. I berated myself, “God can’t trust me with something new.” “He knows I can’t get it right, so he keeps sending me back to the same darn verse.” I will never be who God wants me to be.”
Do you ever have feelings like this?
I want more than anything to feel the victory of being obedient to God. However, he keeps sending me back to the same place and the same verse. He must have a reason.
Maybe it isn’t about failing after all.
God knows I struggle with being still. Productivity and getting things done is how I like to roll. He made me with high energy and 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 wouldn't God let somebody else do the sitting and let me do the doing? Now that makes more sense to me. But that is why He is God, and I am not. Click To Tweet
He creates each of us so uniquely different, and he knows what is best for us. God knows I do not rest well, and it leaves a gaping hole for the enemy to enter.
So, as the years have gone by I have settled into – THIS IS MY LIFE VERSE. Not because I have mastered it but because this scripture is something I desperately need.
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?
Is there more to Being Still with God?
My working definition of “be still” works well in my life. I need to be quiet, cease doing, and listen to God. The time spent is a necessity to refuel and replenish. Plus it is pretty amazing to hang out with my Lord. As I quiet myself, it brings me closer to an intimate relationship with God.
All of the above is true and good.
However, there is still much more to Being Still.
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.
The part which stands out like flashing red lights is –
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.
Are you holding on to something which 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 take it to God – 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? Have you found there is more to it than you ever imagined?
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