When we are invited to ‘Be Still and know that I am God’, God is also saying to us; ‘Be Still and rest in my Presence, Be Still and rest in my Sanctuary, Be Still and come to a place of peace, Be Still and leave everything else behind and focus on me, Be Still and cast your troubles aside, your health issues, your work and family problems, Be Still and know that I am your Redeemer and know that nothing is impossible for me, Be Still and know that I am God’. What an amazing invitation, one that if we choose to accept will allow us to rest in the Presence of Almighty God; Psalm 91:1-2 'Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust'. Wow, Almighty God is inviting us into His Presence whenever we want! Are you willing to accept the invitation?
Being still does not mean that we need to just sit like a statue, but to free our mind of everything so that we can come into God's Presence. Being still means coming back to the here and now, to this very moment and removing all thoughts from our mind of this world. Being Still means not thinking or worrying about rushing to the next event/meeting, not thinking 'did I turn the oven off?’, not thinking about the job Interview tomorrow, not thinking about 'how am I going to pay my bills?’, not thinking of 'my health problems', not thinking about 'that problem at work'; these are distractions that take us away from the here and now and prevent us from coming into God's Presence and knowing that He is God.
Being still means looking at our life and asking ourselves why we are always so busy, asking ourselves why God is not the priority in our life and why everything else comes first and why God only gets the leftovers. If we are too busy for God in our lives then we are just too busy and we really should take stock of what we are doing and question the priorities in our lives. I wonder if this is what Jesus was referring to in Matthew 6:33 when He tells us to 'Seek First the Kingdom of God'. Being still means putting our hands down and giving up trying to figure it all out for ourselves, trying to work it all out by our own strength, saying to ourselves: ‘I am done trying to change my own life, I am done trying to chart my own course, I am done trying to change my own destiny, I'm putting my hands down because God is my strength and I know who He is! I know He will not fail me, I know He will not forsake me, I know He's not ashamed of me in the me midst of my struggles. I know I Know I know because He is God’.
Being still is the key that opens the door to the throne room of Heaven and God is waiting for us to come to that place of rest and reconciliation in His Presence; Lamentations 3:24-26 'I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him’. The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord' and Habakkuk 2:20 'The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him'.
Are you willing to accept God’s invitation today? Are you ready to come into God’s Presence? Are you willing to Be Still and know that He is God? God will never walk away, He is continually waiting for us to come to Him. It is us who do not truly come into His presence because distractions prevent us from true and real surrender. Let it all go, and experience His Real Presence. Let the peace that transcends all understanding fill your every being. Let us always take time to truly come into God's Presence: Be Still and know that I am God and let’s see how He will use us and what He will do in our lives. Praise God.
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