We’re concluding The Still Series with a brief recap and a free printable/shareable image. You are welcome to download it and print it from your computer or at your nearest photo center. (Link for image at bottom.)
“Be still, and know that I am God.” [Psalm 46:10]
Life is more enjoyable, the soul satisfied, the body rested and the mind at ease – when we learn the skill of being still! And it really is a learned skill – taught through Word, sought in worship and practiced through discipline.
- Silencing all the noise, enables us hear His still small voice. “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” [Mark 6:31]
- Strength and stillness work together. “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” [Isaiah 30:15]
In Hebrew – [Raphah] . The biblical usage is translated with a dictionary understanding meaning: to sink, to refrain, to let drop, to let go, to be quiet. Also: to cease, forsake, withdraw, abandon.
Be still and know…
When we know, we can let go.
- Let go of fear, frustrations and fall into surrender. We’re not called to carry our cares, we’re commanded to cast them, drop them and let them go.
- Knowing, trusting and resting, coexist side by side. The better we know the Word, the deeper we trust in His Word. And the deeper trust – the richer the rest.
- Be still – to withdraw from the worries of this world and abandon one self into the power of His presence.
- Stillness isn’t the absence of work. It’s the absence of the wrong kind of work; the work of our own will. Because according to this verse: “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” [Isaiah 32:17]
- How do we find silence of heart, when the stresses of life scream with urgency, leaving us frazzled, shaken scared and frightened? Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. [Mark 4:39]
- From earthquakes, to heartaches; God is the one who can silence the storm with the still waters of His Word.
- Real peace is not contingent on anything around us, but rather it’s dependent on the Word of God – in us. His Holy scripture enables us to be still: stationary, calm, steadfast, unmovable. It’s a promised constant, when commotion and chaos circle around us.
- Still: [Adj] – Remaining in place or at rest, stationary, free from sound or noise; peaceful, tranquil, calm.
[Verb] – To quiet, subdue, or cause to subside (waves, winds, commotion).
- Scripture must be in us, in order to still our hearts from the storms around us.
“The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
- The real battle is for our peace…
- Hold your peace! As in; keep it, guard it, don’t give it away for your desire to defend or show yourself right. Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive. [Prov. 17:28]
We hold our peace – by letting go of our pride.
- Christ had the strength to stand still and secure, even when the motives which governed him were misconstrued, even when his good works were misunderstood – He remained steadfast and still.
- Healing comes quicker, the faster we let go and stand still before God – knowing He sees all that may seem hidden.
- From the small to significant, offenses come with the potential to refine our character. Yes! God can even use the weaknesses of others, to strengthen ours!
- Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him:
but Mary sat still in the house. [John 11:20]
- When everyone is running frantic, fear stricken and shaken; we can press into prayer and receive the overwhelming peace of His presence.
- Personal relationship is how we are able to sit still, refusing panic; even when the pain is deep and the pressure lays heavy.
- Martha was talking at Jesus and to Jesus, but was she talking with Jesus?
- Intimacy takes us from communication to sacred communion – it’s where His Word speaks personally to us.
- Martha saw the big picture, but missed His personal message in John 11:23.
- Sometimes we misinterpret what others say, simply because we’re not still enough to really listen.
- The more secure we are to sit quietly still, the more we can discern His Word speaking personally to us.
Intimacy with God is how we abide in peace
instead of anxiously rushing in panic.
- “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.
But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part.” [Luke 10:41-42]
The one needed thing. The one necessary thing.
- Abiding is the solution, to keep us from striving and serving in our own strength.
- Doing the one thing needed will make our spirit refreshing to others. How wonderful to serve our families, communities and friends, with a calm and quiet heart.
Time spent at the feet of Jesus –
strengthens ours to carry out His calling.
- Dependance will make us still in His presence. Because humility sits in the heart of stillness.
- Mary acknowledged Christ’s power on a personal level.
- Intimacy shifts our perspective, from me to He, when we serve.
- It moves us from knowing in our head, to knowing with our heart – that HE IS GOD.
- Be Still and Know – He is God.
- Properly placed priorities lead our hearts to the one needed thing.
When we set-aside time for the one needed thing:
to come aside, sit beside
and rest still, along side His Word –
somehow the ‘rest’ gets done.
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