This concept appeared in my dream last night. This blogpost could be subtitled as follows:
The Beauty of Being Still
The Rewards of Being Still
What It Means To Let Go
Now, when we hear of "be still," we usually think that it means do absolutely nothing and the Lord does everything. I don't know about you, but I used to think that. Yesterday, my spirit was troubled and I believe the dream last night shed light on what I'm about to talk about in this post.
I don't know where you are in your life right now, are you carrying a burden that you think is too hard to cast over to the Lord? Are you afraid of what He may think when He takes it from you? I've been there and I'll admit I'm dealing with some loose fragments. Here's one more question: do you think when He takes it from you, that you will not see what you dreamed of come to pass? Allow me to take a step back because that's a heavy one for me.
I want you to stop where you are. I want you to "be still," so you can be ministered to right at this very moment.
When we typically hear "be still," we usually think of Psalm 46:10 - "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"
A few other passages that speak on "standing still," - another way of saying "be still."
Exodus 14:13-14 (when the children of Israel were crossing the Red Sea) - And Moses said to the people, "Fear not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent."
2 Chronicles 20:17 (when the Moabites & Ammonites were coming against the children of Israel) - You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand still, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.' Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you."
In the Exodus passage above, you'll find that the Lord had them be silent. What this tells me is that total faith is required as the Lord fights for you.
In the 2 Chronicles passage, I didn't include it in this blogpost, but if you were to read a few more verses down, you'll find that they were to sing praise to the Lord. What this tells me is that praise and thanksgiving is required as the Lord fights for you.
So we have faith, praise and thanksgiving. These are required as you "be still." So whatever trial or challenge you have, be still and watch the Lord come through (show Himself strong) in your situation. Let me say that another way: Whatever mountain that's in your way (childhood pain, abuse, financial issues, marital issues, relationship and/or friendship issues, physical illness, mental illness, etc.), stop carrying that burden. What good has it done for you carrying it (or rationalizing why you want to carry it with your strength alone)? Not only does He want what you're going through, He wants to fight for you, deliver you, and make you whole. But you have to be still. As you are being still (standing still, letting go of the fight that's in you and/or around you, have faith that He's fighting for you in all areas and as you're waiting and trusting Him for the manifestation, give Him constant praise and thanksgiving. And please, please, please don't get discouraged when you don't get see the manifestation on your timetable. Be moved by what you believe and not what you see.
The Mayne Man