I hate doing nothing. Really, if I can’t do anything then I pace. I haven’t figured out how some people can just sit around and collect entitlement checks, I have to be doing something. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy peaceful quiet times, sitting on the deck watching the sun setting through the trees, up on a hill-top taking in God’s creation, His starry host, His beautiful moon but when I’m headed in a direction I just gotta be doing…something. That’s why a Our Daily Bread devotional, a week ago, caught me blind-sided. It told me to stop!
Many of us know the reassurance of God’s Word,
10 “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
Yep, my hope is in God so I quit whining and TRUST Him and do what “I” can do to get it done. But that’s not what it says, WHAT? Coming from the Hebrew word raphah the meaning of the command “be still” means to “cease striving” or more pointedly, to let drop, to forsake, to abandon, to relax, to let alone, and to be quiet. Wow.
When God is leading us in a particular direction, or has directed us to a particular action (as opposed to what we’ve decided we would like to do) it’s His work that is important. During the course of the operation, when Satan rears his ugly head and begins to appear to confound things, the Lord says, “be still, and know that I am God“. How hard is that?
When we are walking in God’s will but things start moving in a different direction than we have determined to get to God’s destination we kind of go “uh oh, maybe we need to do this or do that” God says, “be still“. “Uh, but God this is beginning to unravel and fall apart.” Not really, see God’s Word through Glynda, “You Will See the Cross” . When things look like they’re being derailed it’s really following God’s plan, for His glory, and anything we might try to do would just get in His way. Be still, quit striving, quit doing, let God be God and see His glory made manifest. “You mean I’m supposed to sit on my hands and let things happen?” Yep!
“Really God, you know me, you know my heart, you know I can’t just passively watch everything go down the tubes”.
And He says, “yes I know you, be still and trust Me. Trust Me. Trust Me.“,
“But God, your pride is stake.“,
“LOL, let Me worry about that.”
God wants our full and undivided attention. He wants our full devotion. He wants our full trust and obedience.
Has God spoken to you and called you out? Has He directed you to something, uh, stupid? Trust Him, trust Him, trust Him. He is leading, don’t get ahead of Him. Do you see all this stuff in the world going on and don’t know what to do about it? Have you given your life to Him who will give you Life. Satan comes like a roaring lion to kill and destroy, Jesus calls you to give you life. He brought you here today, He’s speaking directly to you, will you talk to Him? He is giving you a free gift, an offer for your future, take that gift, repent of this life that you know is wrong and take His and live.