By Rebecca Rush
Often as believers we think of stillness as a time of dread, or better yet a period of boredom. We at times may be certain of our right standing with God simply because we are busy serving the Lord through ministry. Nevertheless, what happens when we begin a new journey in our lives that leads to God's desire for us to be still? Maybe we'll hear God's still small voice early on telling us to rest and be still before Him. Or, we may ignore that conviction to rid ourselves of all our distractions and spend some real time with our creator. Regardless of what circumstances led up to our season of stillness, there is true significance in rest.
Psalm 37:7 "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."
Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." (NIV)
Stillness is a subject that I now understand better only because God had to allow a calming season in my life for His purpose. In fact, there came a period when stillness was my only wise option. For quite some time I was believing God to reveal something in me which at the moment felt like a great mystery. I had even sought the doctors, but they could barely answer me, often leaving me to feel discouraged. I can also remember so vividly feeling overwhelmed with thoughts of uncertainty. Those thoughts led to an obsession with the entire matter. Since it felt like God was not responding to my persistent prayers, I took matters into my own hands and would spend hours researching scientific explanations as well as strangers' experiences. Even though at the time it felt purely innocent, in God's eyes it had become idolatry simply because I was spending far too much time validating man's beliefs, rather than seeking God the creator of man. I was so perplexed about the issue that I almost felt like my anxiety was beginning to take control of me. It was not until I reached the point of despair that I finally realized God's desire the entire time was for me to just be still.
My stillness had to include ridding my life of all distractions which at the moment were facebook, television, the telephone, and any other thing that took time away from God. Once I became serious about letting go of distractions, this is when the still small voice began to be the most clearest in my life. The time that I normally spent on facebook and watching TV, I was now meditating on God's word and literally being STILL! During those times of quietness I began to experience God on a whole new level and could hear His reassurance as well as rebuke. The Lord was teaching me to believe in Him, despite whatever feelings tried to take over my mind and emotions. My hearing and vision was becoming keener. I can honestly say that it was at this very point that the battle became less of a battle once my still season began. Even though I had not yet experienced the outcome I truly desired, God's peace ultimately overruled my will.
"6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7.
I am not certain of what types of challenges you will face in life, but I am sure that as a believer you will encounter some! There may even be times when you just feel like giving up, because the hurt and discomfort of waiting on God are overtaking you. Whatever the journey may be, remember this Exodus 14:14 which reads, "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."