If you’ve been on a long car ride, then at some point you’ve probably caught yourself staring out of the window deep in thought. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about riding in the car that enables me to dive below the surface level thoughts and into the deeper stuff. Well that’s exactly what it’s like when you take the time to be still in God’s presence. You’re able to move beyond your distractions and dive into God’s desires, which are oh so much deeper and more wonderful than our own.
I’m currently a little over a month into my second semester of college. After a long Christmas break, I’m finding adjusting again to be a bit more challenging than I’d anticipated. Time management is tough y’all. And life is tough, especially when you’re not surrounded by your family on a regular basis. But nevertheless, life goes on and I’m trying to learn how to abide where I am.
While at home over Christmas break, I found myself completely submerged in the Word and prayer. But coming back here, I have to admit I’ve struggled with maintaining that same focus I had while at home.
But God knows exactly what we need when we need it and He has gently reminded me of the importance of prioritizing time with Him above EVERYTHING and has graciously given me some much-needed moments of stillness in these first few weeks.
Over break, the Lord was teaching me the importance of being still. We all need to linger on our knees before our Savior a little longer.
But there’s a fine line between being still and being complacent. We don’t stop seeking Him. We don’t stop striving to glorify Him in any and every situation. But we do take time to kneel before Him without filling the silence with our desires and requests in order to simply be in His presence in worship. He’s been teaching me the importance of…
Being still in His presence.
Being still in where He’s placed me right now.
And being still in the midst of a crazy, fast-paced, constantly moving, constantly changing world.
I’ve found myself clinging to Psalm 46:10 in these moments of stillness.
“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
So often, we find ourselves in a state of “needing” constant entertainment, constant attention, and constant activity. The world has strayed away from stillness, telling us our success is measured by how jam-packed our schedules are. The enemy in this world knows that stillness is vital, which is why this world is straying from stillness and clinging to busy schedules. But God calls us to be still because He knows what’s best for us.
When God was guiding the Israelites out of their land of captivity, God showed His love for His people by telling them:
“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” -Exodus 14:14
He didn’t want them to worry or fear. He was going to fight for them, they just needed to trust in Him. Similarly, Psalm 37:7 reminds us to:
“Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;”
Y’all, I believe God’s Word is revealing a very important truth here. Yes, we are called to grow and mature in our faith in Christ. But we are also called to be still in these moments.
To me, being still means setting aside time to intentionally listen to God. After I lay my requests before Him, I try to dwell in His presence without talking. I remain in prayer, but I ask His Spirit within me to silence my wandering mind in order to be attentive to His voice. Just take time to be in awe of Him, to soak in who He is. Make this time about Him, not you. Yes, bring your requests before Him, but give Him time to speak.
And it’s a learning process, a discipline. I know, trust me, I know the silence can be uncomfortable. We’re used to avoiding silence with words, with music, with tv, with anything and everything that will keep us from stillness. But that’s not what God’s called us to do. He’s called us to be still before Him because He knows only He can fill us, only He can change us, only He can give us a taste of His peace that surpasses all understanding.
So be still before the Lord. When your plans don’t turn out exactly right, be still before the Lord. When you’re having a hard time finding the solution to your current circumstances, be still before the Lord. Be still and trust that He is at work even when you can’t see it.
And when you can’t possibly understand how God is going to carry you through moments of pain, remember that His viewpoint is so vast compared to your earthly perspective. Just learn to be still and wait patiently for Him. Continue growing. Continue seeking Him. Continue running the race marked out for you. But know you’re not alone. When your heart is restless, when your soul is weary, remember that you can find rest in the One calling you to be still in trusting dependence on Him.
So as you grow, as you continue pursuing God, embrace the stillness. May the worries of this life be silenced as you dwell before the Lord in stillness. May your wandering heart and mind be brought into complete unity with the Lord as you sit before Him.
Be still and know that He is God.
He is all you need.