Wednesday’s Encouraging Word – Be Still!

Be Still & You Will See That I AM God!

Psalm 46:10 in the Passion Translation says it like this:

Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving, and you will see that I Am God!……..

God Can Speak Anytime & in Different Ways

As we know, God can speak to us anytime, anyplace, and anywhere. He can use many different ways to communicate with us and also through anybody. One way is just by dropping thoughts into our minds as it shows us in (1 Corinthians 2:16).

Too Busy to Hear or Understand?

Unfortunately, because these thoughts can be crowded out by our own busyness, The Lord says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’ (Psalm 46:10). In the stillness, we can hear and even see God more clearly. ‘Jesus used many (parables) or illustrations to teach the people as much as they could receive or understand, but afterward, when He was alone with His disciples, He explained all to them’ (Mark 4:33-34 NKJV).

We Can End Up Just Doing & Not Being

We find ourselves in a world that wants to constantly seek new voices, attend more meetings, do more things, live to the max, extreme this, extreme that, and then have no time to be……If we follow this model we can then fall into the trap of believing God is most pleased when we’ve maxed out our lives with information, schedules, relationships, and activities. The question we need to answer, is are we working for God, or working from God? There is a huge difference! We have to learn to disengage which means silence before God…a time of heavenly discussions during which we listen more than we speak. That’s why it’s been said many a time, we have been created with two ears and one mouth. Being still does mean silence and sometimes solitude.’ In waiting quietly before God, our spiritual ears are trained to know and hear His voice.

Recognize The Small Still Voice

Let us take a short look at Elijah the prophet in 1 Kings 19 – Elijah was running for his life after a great victory (1 Kings 19:1-4).  After falling asleep an angel of the Lord woke him up and gave him food and drink before he headed out into the wilderness (1 Kings 19:5-8). Finally, he came to a cave where he hid, scared for his life and the Lord said to him “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:9). God then told him to go out and stand on the mountain before Him. During these next verses are where amazing things started to happen….. There was a wind that broke rocks into pieces! Wow, that was one crazy wind, after that an earthquake and then a fire (1 Kings 19:11-12), but the Lord was not in any of these things, so where was He? In (verse 12), it clearly details to us that He was in a small still voice, and what did that voice say? “What are you doing here, Elijah?”.  This Scripture shows us, to not get caught up in all the busyness and craziness of the day, but go, separate ourselves from all the noise and listen to what His small still voice is saying! There are a lot of other things that we can learn from this Scripture, but that will be for another time.

So decide today to give Him the time and space and He will clearly show you, and tell you, how and when to move.