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Don't Make a Move!

Today’s Verse:

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

 

Several years ago, my wife and I made a visit to a family where there were three very hyperactive children. After fifteen minutes of their continued interruptions and disruptive behavior, I told them, “Let’s play a game.” The game required them to sit still and not make a move for fifteen minutes. The one who made any movement would lose and be required to do something funny or an exercise. In seconds, these three children became still and, for the most part, followed the rules to be declared a winner. Stillness is not natural for most of us. We have lives that entail lots of motion and activity. Today, we want to learn the value of being still.


There is the command for stillness.

The psalmist and those familiar with his circumstance were agitated and filled with fear. Their natural reaction was to find a way out. Their natural reaction was to find a solution for their problem. They thought it was better to run away than to stay still. However, God commanded them to be still.


There is the covering in stillness.

God is our refuge.” In our stillness, God provides us a place of security and safety. A refuge is a safe house, a place where the elements and enemy cannot harm us. “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”


There is the cooperation in stillness.

“God is... a very present help in trouble.” The psalmist spoke of this out his personal experience. God is our help when we need Him most. God is our help when we are under pressure. God is our help regardless of what we lack and do not have. God has our front and our back. He is a very present help in all of our trouble.


There is courage in stillness.

“Therefore will not we fear....” Just knowing that God is our refuge and a very present help in trouble gives us courage. We have the courage to face the problem head-on. We have the courage to endure the storm. We have the courage to not let the earthquake shake our faith. We have the courage to say "no" to fear. We can go forward and not be afraid.


There is the companionship in stillness.

“The LORD of hosts is with us.” He’s with us! His presence is with us! He said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” He is on the battlefront fighting for us. He is with us on all sides. We can boldly say, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”


There is the comprehension in stillness.

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Stillness forces us to know Who God is! He’s the God of Creation! He’s the Lord of Heaven and earth! He is the Lord God Almighty! He is the Everlasting God! He is the Most High God! He is God with a capital “G” and not a small “g.” The greatest schooling in theology is not found in the textbook. It is learned by being still and knowing that He is God!


There is the conquering in stillness.

“I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Through stillness, God shows us that He is strong! He shows us that He is to be exalted!


It’s time to be still! It’s time to be quiet and let the Lord speak to us and make His presence known!


Have a still God Morning!


Bible Reading Schedule: 2 Kings 1-3

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