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A recent prompt at the Loft was ‘Still’. I was hoping to get to work on this and be able to link it up, but it was an interesting prompt, so I figured I would still do it.

The first thing that came to mind was 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!”

Psalm 46:10 ESV

Honestly, I hate being still. Even when watching a movie, I like to have crochet or a pen and paper in hand.

Digging deeper into this verse, I learned that the word used for ‘know’ is yada` (yes, yada).

Some of the characteristics of the Biblical usage for this word are:

  • to perceive and see, find out and discern

  • to discriminate, distinguish

  • to know by experience

  • to recognise, admit, acknowledge, confess

  • to consider

How often do we take the time to distinguish that God is God? To experience it? To acknowledge it, recognise it, admit it, confess it? To consider it?

 

In today’s world, we do not get much stillness or quietness. We always have to be going or doing something. Our minds have to be occupied.

I think that this is a huge way satan is distracting us. Keeping us busy.

It has been said that being BUSY stands for Being Under Satan’s Yoke. I plan to write a post on this in more depth, but today I want to focus on these points

It is pretty true in my mind.

He wants us too busy to get quiet and be still before the Lord.

We are so uncomfortable with quiet in our world today. I am very guilty of this. It is hard for me to not have something going on in the background, tv, music, podcast. I feel odd if it’s just quiet. But, what if I am missing out on hearing from the Lord in those quiet moments?

He wants us too busy to dig into the Word.

As I mentioned in my post on Bible Study, the Word is our defensive weapon, it is how we grow close to the Lord, it is how we learn to live the way He wants us to. Why would Satan want us to learn how to use that weapon better?

If you are too busy for spending time in the Word, you are too busy.

The past several weeks have been a whirlwind of activity, I have tried to be more intentional about getting quiet. I have not always succeeded, but it is a work in progress.

Do you take time to be still? What can you do this week to get better at it?

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13 thoughts on “Still

  1. Thank you for this reminder to be still. It’s has always been one of my favorite verses but seem to be the least practiced. Being a mom of three I feel so busy to be still, but I am trying my find to spend and dig in His word when they nap or go to bed.
    Shall strive to be more still this week:)

    1. Thanks for the encouragement! I had never thought of it that way until I did a word study on it! It’s amazing the new lights that are shed on the Word when you dig deep!

  2. “We are so uncomfortable with quiet in our world today.” This really hit home with me today. I was just writing up a post concerning my bitterness towards not being busy! I hate the quiet; I hate not being busy. I really needed to read this today. Thank you!

  3. We can be doing great things while being busy, but if we are just trying to fill a void we will never have peace. I have found when I take time to “Be Still” God always rewards time with Him in amazing ways. I would never think of not filling up the car if I still wanted it to run so I need to “Be Still” so God can fill my heart and teach, guide, refresh and renew my spirit. It is also a great way to do some introspective looking and see where I am coming up short! I love doing a prayer walk and not necessarily asking God for anything, but allowing myself to soak in His presence through my surroundings. Great Post!!!

  4. Oh how He longs for us to let go of all that clamors for our attention … and simply be with Him, quiet and without agendas, in His presence.

    A beautiful invitation indeed …

  5. It’s a challenge to get still. That’s why I run (yes run) to the Secret Place before the coffee perks, the dog demands food, husband wants breakfast and the newspaper grabs me by the cuff. Whew! At least there I find the peace I need for the rest the today. Tomorrow you will find me again running to the Secret Place, but this time i might, just might grab that cup of coffee.

  6. “If you are too busy for spending time in the Word, you are too busy.” Love this! Yes, that excuse won’t really stand in the end, will it? How can we neglect reading what the Lover of our Souls has to say?

    Thanks for sharing at The Loft.

  7. Robbi, how true it is that Satan loves to keep us busy. This year I have become much more intentional about quietness and rest, and I love how the Lord meets me there. I’m so glad you took the time to write on the Loft prompt, ‘still’. It was perfect for our Pot Luck linkup today.

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