Over the past several weeks the Lord has really been speaking stillness into my spirit. I remember one night specifically when I was praying about something I had been worried about when I clearly heard “Be still. Be still and know that I am God. I will fight for you, just be still.” in my head. The Holy Spirit was reminding me of two passages in particular: Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” and Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still.” As I prayed I felt convicted and realized that once again, I had begun to worry about something that was out of my control. God was reminding me that I do not need to worry, but rather “be still” and wait on Him to act.
After that night, over the following weeks those words kept popping up everywhere. Whether it be in one of my daily devotionals, my emails, encouraging texts or messages from friends, or even a surprise gift from a coworker! Each time I would see “Be still” or one of those two passages, I would laugh and think Okay, I see You are trying to tell me something… Although I was trying to meditate on those words, I found myself struggling to understand what it really meant to be still.
As I studied and meditated on those passages, I came across a devotional on being still. In it the author Lysa Terkeurst said something that really resonated with me; “The battle might not be easy or short-lived, but victory will be there for those who trust God” (Devastated but not Destroyed). This was a sweet reminder that no matter what I go through, God is in control and the battle is ultimately already won! In the end I will spend eternity with my Creator, singing praises to His glorious name. Any trial, trouble, or circumstance I might worry about now will not even be on my radar when I am in the presence of the King.
Until that day comes, I want to take those two words to heart and truly be still. I want to spend time resting in the presence of the Lord and putting all of my trust in Him. I don’t want to waste time worrying about the future but instead have faith in the One who holds it.
As I wait for God to act on my behalf, I can rest in the promise that He is working everything together for my good; “28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28). What a sweet truth to hold on to!
I want to encourage those who are reading this and are experiencing a time of waiting. Take this time to draw closer to God and rest in Him. Trust that He WILL work everything out for your good—“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) —you need only be still.
“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” – Lamentations 3:25