Can you BE STILL?
Are you always on the go, always doing something, always moving around and about? When was the last time that you were still? I know you it’s very hard for some of us to be be still (including me). We feel like we can’t be still because there is so much that has to be done. We say things like, “If I don’t do it then it won’t get done.” We even feel guilty when we take a break or take the day off to do nothing. Therefore, we are always, busy and never really taking the time to BE STILL. Well this week I want you to challenge you to BE STILL because God says so! Can you BE STILL?
Not only does God want us to BE STILL, Psalm 46:10 tells us to “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” There is something about being still that causes us to know God better. Therefore, the enemy wants us to always be busy. I once heard someone define busy as (Being Under Satan’s Yoke). He wants us to be so busy with our schedules that we constantly over book and over do things. When this happens, there is little or no space for God.
When we don’t practice being still and knowing that He is God, we do everything in excess such as over scheduling, over eating, over spending and over working not realizing that we are trying to be God. “Over working is a form of unbelief “(Book: Breathe).When God delivered Israel He commanded them to to have a day of rest. Exodus 20:8 says “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” He told them to do all of their work in six days and to remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. This was hard for them because they were so accustomed to working all of the time. Many were told to rest but since they still had a slave mentality it was hard for them to obey. Another word for Sabbath is “Shabbat.” It means to rest, to cease, to stop. In other words BE STILL. Ask God what He would like for you to stop, cease or where he would like you to take a break.
What’s interesting to me is that in both verses we are being told two things. We are being commanded to BE STILL, REST, STOP and to KNOW THAT HE IS GOD (and not you). Knowing that He is God is remembering Him, reflecting on His goodness, being mindful of Him and allowing Him to work out the issues of our lives. There are so many blessings in store for those who obey this principle. God wants to show Himself mighty and strong in each our lives but we just need to BE STILL AND KNOW!
Until next week . . .