Saturday, November 14, 2015

Be Still!

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

What does it mean to be still? The story of Elijah should really help us understand what it is to be still and let God. Elijah was discouraged and felt that God was not with him and he was left alone to do all this work. He decided to go to the mountains and waited for God. Then, there was an earthquake, a fire and a great wind, but surprisingly God was not in any of them. But then came “the sound of sheer silence.” And that’s when God spoke to Elijah.

Friend, in order to connect with God, you and I need that stillness. We need a time when we turn everything off and seek God quietly. You and I need to stop manipulating our circumstances and let God talk to us. If like me you get impatient easily then, you will miss out on communicating with God. You and I must learn to be still. As a teacher, I have learned that the greatest punishment is for my student to be still. They just can't do it.

When we are going through difficulties, we tend to want to overcome quickly without much enduring. As a result, we come up with our own solutions and ending up learning the same lesson time and again. We must learn to wait on God. Some challenges come to strengthen us. We must learn to wait on God's wisdom and guidance. To be still is to trust that God has our best interest in mind and He knows what He is doing. To be still is not passive. It is to wait with expectation. To be still is to know without a doubt that God is able and He will do what He says: He will be with you in times of trouble.

Father how grateful I am for your love and your patience! Teach me to wait on you Father. In Jesus holy name, I pray amen!

Praise the Lord!