It’s Been A Minute

Its Been A Minute

Psalm 46:10 (AMP) “Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.”

Hello! It’s been a minute. Oh how I missed blogging my time with the Lord for the past month. However, the Lord beckoned me to fast a different way this year. Psalm 46:10 invites us to “be still and know (recognize, understand)” that He is God. To simply sit still in His Presence. I live perplexed with a Martha spirit that drives and pushes me to work my way through everything. Seldom sitting still but driven by routine and schedule so this month of stillness was not an easy challenge but completely worthwhile effort. I didn’t backslide in my quiet time or stop studying God’s Word. I still got up at the usual time and slipped into my study waiting for the sunrise. However, I did not share my quiet time but instead began to converse more deeply with the Lover of my soul.

Stillness is a game changer when it comes to God. The moment our flesh stops striving to earn His Attention and one can sit to relish in His Grace and Goodness is a blessing. It is human nature to strive rather than be still. To people please is toxic but somehow it finds our way into everyone’s existence even in our relationship with God. To think that there is something greater than simply knowing He is God is not what faith is at all. To relinquish control of that which is uncontrollable must in some way be spiritual sanity. God told me to sit so I sat.

Exodus 3:14 (AMP) God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am”; and He said, “You shall say this to the Israelites, ‘I Am has sent me to you.’”

The first thing I discovered or maybe I should say rediscovered is that He is “I AM”. God had laid some pretty heavy plans on Moses who felt completely incompetent and unworthy of such an endeavor. He asked the Lord who should he say sent him when he went to the Israelites. I am almost positive this was laced with a bit of sarcasm at such audacity to go the Israelites and Pharaoh with such a ridiculous plan. Yet God in all confidence told Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”. There is such power in this statement. God is I AM. He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. There is no power greater. There is nothing He doesn’t already know. There is no place that He has never been. The all-powerful, all-knowing and always-present God that’s Who! Now in that moment, Moses had to make a decision. Do I risk life and limb to follow God? Or do I tend sheep and live a “comfortable” and “safe” life? It was all contingent on what Moses believed about God the Great I AM.

The same is true of me and you. We can live a comfortable and safe life or be courageous and reckless in our pursuit of God that defies logic and demands faith in the unseen by trusting I AM. As I sat in this quiet place day after day, I realized that my life did not fall apart. I didn’t share God’s Word with you each day yet the blog consistently had many views. Why? Because I do not write the blog but the Holy Spirit does through me. God is the God of this blog. My prayer life changed considerably because when I stopped talking to you – I spent longer in meaningful conversations. I also realized that I had found comfort in the darkness of the valley rather than striking out after God in the unsafe places of new ministry. How’s that for transparency? Routine makes our relationship with God religious. It is not based on confident trust but a careful structure not conducive to fresh faith and deeper hope. It somehow transfers our faith from God to the idea of God working through us. God doesn’t work through us like some carefully manufactured or highly intelligent robot. He works in us. There’s a difference.

Isaiah 41:10 (AMP) ‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’

In the knowing God I AM comes something new. God I AM = God I will! Faith is born of knowing God I AM and it becomes our confident hope in experiencing God I will! God can do anything. Anything is possible for God. Believing in God is our opportunity to unite with Him in faith and trust to have the life that He promised. With hope as our anchor friend, we don’t drive the boat. Remember in Psalm 46:10, the invitation is to “be still” and “know”. The knowing part is two-fold. It means to recognize and understand. I have been walking with the Lord for more than 20 years now. I am still just now getting to know Him, to recognize Him in my daily life, and to understand just a fraction of how He works in us. In fact, the more I think I know the less I really do. Following the commandments are not burdensome when it is undertaken in love. I love to do things for my husband and children. I love to bless my friends. And of course, I love to live in obedience to God. Here is the kicker – God’s Love for me is so perfect that I don’t have to do anything and He still loves me. However, true love requires a response. Not my response, but the one that blesses the object of my affection. In God’s case, He asked me to be still, know, recognize and understand that He is God! What about you? What has He asked of you today? Are you blessing God with what He desires or what you are willing to give?

Exodus 33:19 (AMP)  And God said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the Name of the Lord before you; for I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion (lovingkindness) on whom I will show compassion.”

The “why” of this journey is my favorite part. Why? Why did the great I AM summon me to a place in His Presence to be still? The Lord is making His Goodness (His Glory) pass before me. He is proclaiming His Name (I AM) to me all over again. He is giving me new grace. He is showing me great compassion. This stillness is a honeymoon with Christ all over again. How’s your love life? This journey to eternity is filled with peaks and valleys just like our natural life. There are twists and turns, ups and downs, barren fields and fertile seasons. I AM is in them all. The enemy wants us to neglect our first love until our hearts become bound in strongholds of routine and religion. God was to give us a new heart. (Ezekiel 36:26) Fresh faith. Stronger hope. Tethered trust. Deeper dependency so that we can experience His Glory. His Unfailing Love and Goodness are pursuing us – perhaps we have been too busy to stop and experience it. Is God inviting you to be still? I know it’s been a minute and I have missed our time together but I wouldn’t have traded it for anything.

Psalm 23:6 (AMP) Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the house and in the presence of the Lord.

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