Life can sometimes become hectic, overwhelming, and challenging. Often we find ourselves in the middle of what seems like a battle just to make it from one day to the next. At times we may find ourselves just trying to make it from one moment to the next.
In moments like these we can be encouraged by God’s word from Psalm 46:10
“Be still, and know that I am God!
This is a call for those who were involved in the daily battle to find refuge and peace… a call to cease fighting and be still…. to cease all activity and look towards God for help.
The (CEV) version of this text states…
Our God says, “Calm down, and learn that I am God! …
I don’t know about you, but sometimes even the simplest things in life can get overwhelming. Today I got overwhelmed over the thought of scheduling 2 appointments. Not that scheduling an appointment is such a big deal, however just the fact of adding one more thing to a list of things that needed to be done, made me want to shut down.
I was graced with a blessing when someone offered to set up the appointments for me, without me having to ask. it was as if they knew I was was saying to God, “this is just too much.” As I was walking away I immediatley thought, “This is how God does things …he wants to take some of the weight off our shoulders, if we would only be still and trust Him.”
You can develop a practice of stillness that leads to peace, calmness, joy, and rest.
Below I share with you 7 simple ways to help you develope the practice of stillness.
- Cease and Surrender– being still is not always about finding a dedicated time or place to come before the Lord. Being still is about learning to cease all worry, anxieties, all human abilities to overcome challenges and totally surender to the power of God- “The Lord will fight for you, and all you have to do is keep still.”–Ex: 14: 14
- Focus– allow your mind to focus on God and His abilities and strength during your challenging times- This can be accomplished through prayer, meditation, contemplation, singing hymes of addoration-You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. –Isaiah 26:3
- Waiting– It’s not an easy task to wait on anything especially when it involves pain, hurt, fear, or loss of any kind… but it is required as God works out the details and plans he has for you- Be patient and wait for the Lord to act; don’t be worried–Psalms: 37:7
- Intention- In church yesterday the pastor stated “we should be intentional about magnifying God and not our our problems. Set the intention that you willl allow the peace of God rule in your heart and mind- Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful-–Colossians 3:15
- Listening– God wants your heart… he desires that you sit at his feet and listen to what he has to say. This is especially true during times of chaos, anxiety, trials and tribulations- She had a sister named Mary. Mary sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to him talk–Luke 10:39
- Journaling– When you start participating in the practice of stillness, and began to sit at the feet of Jesus and allow Him to talk to you, I believe that it is a great idea to write down what He speaks. You just might discover what God has in store for you. Journaling also gives you a place that allows you to keep track of you spiritual growth and development as well as a place of rememberence of all God has done and is doing in your life. It will be great to sit with your children’s children some day and remind them of the great things God has done in your life and even remind yourself at those times you feel as if God is far away- I will remember the deeds of the Lord. I will remember your ancient miracles. I will reflect on all your actions and think about what you have done- -Psalms 77:11-12
- Trust– Nothing to add here- Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way–Proverbs 3:5-6 (GNT)
Be still and know that I am God” is not just about finding time or a specific place to get into the presence of God, it’s about ceasing and surrendering, and allowing God to intervene and rescue you from the choas of life.
Building Faith- The next time you find yourself in the middle of chaos and trying to figure how to handle everything, stop right in that moment, cease and surrender, and simply trust God.
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