Be Still

Posted: January 25, 2012 in Christian living
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When’s the last time you sat still? For me, Lead Pastor of a church, parent of 3 teen girls & 5 yr old son, 18-year marriage with a working spouse, the answer is: I can’t remember.  Ironically, as a parent I can’t count how many times I’ve told the kids as they were growing up, “Sit still!” “Be Quiet.” “Calm Down.”  How I wish I could take my own advice!  Seems like we’re constantly on the move. Something to do. Somewhere to go. Somebody to see.

Psalms 46:10 (NIV) 10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalms 37:7-9 (NIV) 7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. 8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil. 9 For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV) 13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Seems like I need to chill out more often.  I get caught up in the thought that I need to DO MORE to bring success or significance to my life.  What if I practiced the art of the “pause”?  In all the training in being a better parent, a better husband, a better leader–I missed this one.

Maybe when I’m still God FIGHTS FOR ME.  Maybe God wants me to be stationary long enough to WITNESS HIS DELIVERANCE. Maybe God’s NOT working in my life because I AM.

Skeptical?  I’m starting to see results of this plan in my life:

Be still.

I see God step in and fix something I used to worry about.

Be quiet.

I hear God’s voice when seeking counsel. I sense his direction when at a crossroads.

Calm down.

I experience peace when facing life’s difficulties.

How do you practice “stillness” in your life?

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