When life is hard how do you respond? Do you turn away from God, isolate yourself and try to push through? Or do you lean into God and pray as if your life depends on it? Maybe you fall somewhere in between like I do. Then God answers with an unexpected phrase. As I’ve wrestled with God over the hard things and difficult situations He has
annoyingly consistently answered Be Still. Today we will see how to respond when God says to Be Still.
Did you find this mid-series? We are in a 40-day Fast to learn how to be still and know God. Go back here and read the intro and keep up with series.
The unexpected answer from God: Be Still and Know that I am God.
How would you respond when God says Be Still?
For the first few months after I understood God to say Be Still, I prayed to ask Him to explain Himself. It’s almost funny now that I think about it. Do you ever wonder if God shakes His head at us?
God, please explain this, I don’t understand what You mean by Be Still
I already explained it. Go have a look in the Bible, The very Word of God
God’s word for today is recorded in the Bible.
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So when God says Be Still, you can search out Be still verses
Pst. We have already looked in depth at 12 verses to help us learn to Be Still and Know God.
In those articles we saw:
- What God says about being still?
- What does being still mean?
- When God says no what’s next?
- What does God say about waiting?
- And one of my favorites: when God says yes who can say no?
Through every verse on being still a consistent theme grew.
When God says stay Still it requires a greater faith.
Can we be honest with each other? Fear is what keeps us from being still and walking out our faith in God.
There are some hard questions to answer as we learn to be still and know God. There are some real fears that come when you consider letting go of control to God.
Throughout those 13 days, we saw that our faith grows when we know the characteristics of God.
One by one God worked through a decluttering process in my mind. There was fear cluttered all over the place. Fears I never realized were there. How about you?
Seeing so many instances of God calming the fears of His children without belittling them, condemning them or disciplining them for real fear make me realize some things about God.
Overcoming fear is not about learning how to control your feelings.
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If I react to the fear I will withdraw, turn from God and fight for control. The Situation will probably turn bad quickly (I have a track record for messing things up as a control freak).
But if I will respond to the fear by being still with God, surrender control and trusting Him the situation will work out well in the end.
Will hard times still come? Yes. But if we listen we will hear God calling us to a deeper faith. God’s blessings are on the other side of that faith growth spurt.
So Declutter your mind and soul of fear and step into this last step of Being Still with me today.
The question I jump to is “How should a Christian act when being still?” But I know that is the wrong approach. Being still is not really about how we are acting though actions will change over time. No, the response needs to be a different question altogether.
How to Respond When God Says to Be Still
We need to ask: “What does God want me to do?”
The Bible clearly tells us what God wants us to do. We’ve done word studies through this so feel free to click through to review ;).
Matthew 22:36-38 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment”
The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
God’s Will for your life is so simple and yet so complicated
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How do you love God with all your heart, soul and mind? Trust Him and Obey Him.
How can I Trust God? What am I obeying in God?
The phrase that repeated over and over as I’ve asked God.
To know what to do you must Abide in Me.
So as we end our time learning how to Be Still and Know God we will ask God to explain that phrase as well.
Learning to Be Still leads to learning to Abide in Christ:
What does abide mean?
What is the biblical definition of abide?
How do you abide in God’s word?
What are the benefits of abiding the Lord?
Where does the Bible Say abide in Me?
John 15:1-11 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.
If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
We will spend our last 10 days unpacking How to Abide in Christ to Be Still and Know God!
A prayer to Trust and Obey as we Abide in Christ
This has been a journey. Learning how to be still has gone so much deeper than I expected. I give You all the glory. Thank You for speaking to so many of my fears. I praise You for being faithful and Trustworthy. As I lean in I am trusting You.
Show me how to Obey You in this place of being still. I still want a to-do list but I imagine that’s not what Abiding has in store either. Take this life, teach me what you want and mold me more and more into Your image Lord. I’ll give you the praise and Glory.