• Jill Jarrell Newsome

Be Still

Now, I know a lot of you will not believe this about me but there was a time that I did not talk much! I cannot think about being still with God that I am not reminded of being sick and spending months being still and too tired to talk. I spent a lot of time with God. When I was feeling better, I remember telling God that it was bittersweet because I knew He and I would never have this time together again “in my real world.” I was given a gift by having time to be still with Him. Life’s clutter would begin getting in the way as I felt better. Maybe God is giving us a gift during this time of social distancing, no gatherings, staying home more and no sports to watch, etc. We’re not even staying busy at church!


Psalm 46: 10, “Be still and know that I am God.” We have to be still to hear God's voice. Our lives are so busy that we get stressed. This scripture was written in the context of a time of trouble and war. I do not think God meant it in a gentle way, “be still”. I think He meant it as, “STOP!” to the enemies of the people of God. I think He means it to us as, “STOP! WAKE UP!” We are being instructed to let go, be quiet and be still, both physically and mentally. I think He is asking us today who is our God? Are we acknowledging Him? Are we in awe of Him?


If we are “in awe” of Him it means we fear living life without Him. We are acknowledging that we have to have Him in our lives! When we know God and are in awe of Him, we know that His grace is sufficient. When we are deliberately still, we can hear God’s voice more. We can better recognize the things God is doing in our lives. Our problems seem smaller and our Problem Solver seems bigger! And only when we get still can we realize that God is in control. We begin to have the desire to follow God’s divine purpose for us. Even Jesus had to get alone with God and be still. Luke 5: 16, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”


There will be times, like now, that we do not understand what is going on, we must trust God. Proverbs 3: 5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” He will bring good from the bad times for His people. Romans 8: 28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Thank Him for what He is doing. Thank Him for the Hope that you have in Him. Psalm 46: 1-3, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled. Though the mountains shake with its swelling.”


Be still and know that He is God! When you spend time with Him you will feel loved and restored. And you will have a heart of gratitude - even in the tough times! Let’s trust God for the victory, believing it will come in His perfect timing, in His perfect way! He wants to show us Who He is and what He can do!


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