Psalm 46:10 (NLT) “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”
Raising five children, I bet I have said, “Be still” more than I have said the blessing… probably during the blessing many times. Impatience leads to movement especially in kids. It happens at the worst possible time. Our oldest cannot sit still to save his life. He was the boy’s boy everywhere all at once. No one wanted to sit by him in church because his leg would start moving during the entire sermon. I would often gently (okay maybe not always softly) and whisper, “Be still.” He would often reply, “I can’t mom.” The same conversation played out many times. Can you imagine how many times our heavenly Father has whispered to mankind to be still in the course of time?
I Peter 5:6 (NLT) So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
God’s Timing is impeccable. He is perfect in all of His Ways. Humility is discovered in the waiting times of life. The moment all control is lost and all one can do is wait on the Lord. Those who choose stillness will receive the blessing of waiting. All God’s Promises have a proper time and due season. All of His Promises are worth having. To plant a seed (of faith) in a field (your life) and move on in a few days because you didn’t see anything come of it is as ridiculous as planting a natural seed and expecting a fruitful tree in just a few days – yet this is how we live our life in God many times. Like putting some change in a vending machine, and expecting our preference because we dared pressed the button. Waiting on God is humility. It is trusting God with an outcome that we cannot produce. It is placing our faith in God to do exactly what He promises to do when He decides to do it. Those who choose to humble themselves before the Lord in such a way will experience an abundance of His Blessings simply because they chose to wait on Him.
Psalm 37:34 (NLT) Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along his path. He will honor you by giving you the land. You will see the wicked destroyed.
Back to the vending machine, if I am longing for a moon pie and push the correlating number, I expect the machine to drop a moon pie, right? But what happens if it gets stuck midway in the rounder or doesn’t fall to the bottom catching on another row of goodies, have you ever seen someone lose it at a vending machine? They may pound the glass, shake it and if they are not successful walk away irritated and mad that they did not get the prize paid for. Of course, you and I would never act in such an unacceptable manner. How do we act when God tells us to wait… be still? Are we impatient? Impetuous? Irritable? Doubting? To put our hope in the Lord is not a temporary fix but forever endeavor. I am not just trusting Him for forever but with every day of my life. Those who endure to the end are saved. How does one endure? Faithfully. Obediently. Trusting. Loving God and seeking Him wholeheartedly. This means being still and knowing that He is God!
Psalm 5:3 (AMP) In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will prepare [a prayer and a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart].
I have a friend who I have been praying for. She has been a bit discouraged and asked me to pray for her. I love my friend very much and have been praying for the Lord to give her peace and confidence in the waiting. Submission is a hard thing sometimes. Humility is not always fun. She has been faithful and obedient. She texted me to share a tiny breakthrough in her situation. It was not a complete end to her waiting but rather one of those moments when the Lord reminds us that He sees us in our stillness. That He is with us in our waiting. That He is in complete control of the outcome if we will just trust Him a little longer and a little more. Stillness is not stopping its trusting God to be God. To say, “I AM = I will!” and then release that burden to Him each day every day until He comes. This is the process of God – we can trust His Process. (Mark 8:36)
2 Corinthians 9:8 (AMP) And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.
You know sometimes it is human nature to get stuck on something like a moon pie in a vending machine or maybe you prefer a bear claw, M&M candies or Skittles. You push the button and expect the desired result. Rather than waiting, praying, seeking and knocking on God’s Door – you walk away disappointed or even devastated. What you may not realize is that God was set on opening the door of that vending machine and giving you everything in it. But choosing not to believe Him… be still and know… trust Him enough to wait for Him so we leave empty handed. Oh friend, don’t leave your lentil field today. (2 Samuel 23:11-12) God has promised you a great victory. You must only be still and know…wait for it. Oh, the Lord is coming with a vengeance for His Beloved. (Isaiah 35:4) Wait on Him, watch for Him, and cry out to Him. He is definitely coming! His Hand gently upon us – He is whispering, “Be Still!”