10.24.2012

Be Still


The Bible has many verses talking about peace and stillness.  And in each of them, they are, in some way, referring to the LORD.

'Be still and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.'
- Psalm 46:10

God is a God of wrath and judgement and jealousy...but He is also a God of peace and comfort.  So often we give in to the rush of our lives, the busyness of our schedules and don't make time for Him, don't make time to be still and know that He is God.

This last Sunday, my Pastor was speaking on faith (Hebrews 11) with Exodus 14 as a referral verse.  It's a very well-known story of the Bible - not only among Christians, but many non-Christians can also tell the story of how God parted the Red Sea for the Israelites to cross over on dry land.  And it was through faith in God that Moses led the people to the edge of the sea (something quite alarming to face, don't you think?).  In that present moment, try to imagine what was going through the Israelites' heads.  'Moses just led us out of Egypt and we thought we were free, but look at this! We're either gonna drown or be killed by our former masters.'  In verse 12, it says, '...'For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness'.'

For one minute, I feel like telling the Israelites just how stupid they are.  Didn't God just bring you out of the land that you'd been captive slaves for for hundreds of years??  Why are you doubting His power now?

But then another part of me says, 'Raquel, they are mere human beings - just like you.  If you were in that same situation, you may have been freaking out too.'

And that is so true.

How many times have I faced a sea of fear, and behind me is something that is overwhelmingly painful and I'm caught right in the middle?  What is my first reaction?  Is it to get down on my knees and raise my hands and say 'LORD, I'm trusting You.  You have Your purpose for this.  You have a reason and a plan.'

Or do I immediately start panicking and freaking out and saying, 'God, do something!  Get me out of here!'

And what is God's reply to situations like these?  What does He want us to do?
Well, what did He tell the Israelites?


'But Moses said to the people, 'Do not fear!  Stand still and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today...'

- Exodus 14:13


On our own we can do nothing, right?  We can't fix our life problems, we can't heal people, we can't keep ourselves comforted through times of sorrows.  Only HE can.  All we need to do is let Him.

No, not 'let' as in 'God, I give You permission to do this'.  But as in, 'God, I am standing back and letting You complete the work You started here.  I don't understand, but I'm trusting You.  I'll be still and see Your salvation.'

'The steps of a man are established by the LORD, and He delights in his way.'
- Psalm 37:23

God never leads us to something that He knows we couldn't get through.  With His help, we can - and will.  With and through Him, all things are possible.

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'And my tongue shall declare Your righetousness and Your praise all day long.'
-Psalm 35:28

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12 comments:

  1. This is such a good reminder of God's faithfulness. He will always asks us to take risks but He will also be right there with us to show Himself as God.

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  2. Such an amazing and beautiful post! Just what I needed today. Thank you beautiful girl! :)
    Much love,
    Emily

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  3. Wow, this is just what I needed to hear and have been feeling in my life. Thanks so very much for sharing this!!!

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  4. psalm 46:10 is one of my favorite verses! I was just going over the fact of ''letting go + letting God'' step in, in my devos- He is the all-powerful! :)

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  5. This was so encouraging. :) Toward the end of what you wrote really strucked my heart. Thank-you for sharing this.

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  6. What a wonderful truth to emphasize on.

    I know exactly what you mean about the Israelites and their trust issues. So many times when I'm reading the OT I'm just thinking, "What is wrong with these people?!"
    And then I have to think, "Here I am with my Bible in hand, their life in front of me, so, of course I am going to be quite aghast at their lack of trust."
    I have no idea what God is going to do with my life, how it will end....and I'm surprised at the Israelite's lack of trust??
    *My old friend shame comes in to play*
    What's even crazier is that the Savior has come. I should have trust in Him beyond imagination.

    What a wonderful post, Raquel, I can never be reminded of "being still" enough.
    Blessings,
    Kylie

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  7. Oh Raquel this post is Truth I needed to know. Thankyou.

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  8. This was beautifully written. So often I find myself doubting, and worrying, and not wanting to face anything, and wondering why I am here.
    But you are so right, it's the times like this when we just need to step back, surrender to God, and wait for Him to lead us through the tough spots.

    ~Molly~
    mollyslittlecorner.blogspot.com

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  9. Raquel,

    Thank you for this post!! I needed to hear this right now!!! It's amazing how God will do that, just when you need to hear something, he directs somebody to say it!!

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  10. This is a great reminder! I needed one too! :)

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  11. Your thoughts in this post come from God and His Word, and that makes them beautiful. ♥

    Reminds me of one of my most favorite hymns {has a beautiful melody, too}, by Ron Hamilton. Verse one goes like this:

    In the stillness of this moment, In the darkness of this night,

    I can hear a voice so tender, I can see a wondrous light.

    In the stillness of this moment, Heaven's glory I can see,

    Shining forth in brilliant splendor, God's creation speaks to me.

    Be Still and Know that I am God

    Be Still and Know I am God.

    Come find your strength in the quiet place;

    Be Still and Know.

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