I am so blessed to be married to the author of today’s post. I love to hear him speak and read his words for God. Today he wrote about being still to know God. To just stand there instead of staying busy.
Chances are you’ve heard, “Don’t just stand there, do something.” Maybe it was at work, or at home, or even at church. We are VERY BUSY! Life would be enough, but then add school, work, Church, friends, family, home, sports, etc.
Sometimes I get so busy, I feel like I don’t know whether I’m coming or going. While a lot of what I’m doing is good, often times I lose focus on what’s most important. At times I have so much going on, I get so busy doing God’s work I end up leaving God out of the picture altogether. While what I was doing was good, leaving God out was definitely bad.
An article in Group magazine (Youth Ministry Magazine) surprised me when I read the most neglected area among Ministers and Youth Ministers is their relationship with God. In fact, the top 3 neglected areas were:
#1-Relationship with God
#2-Quality time spent with family
This information was huge for me! It really got me thinking and examining my own life. I thought…HOW CAN I…1st-Help to develop the Youth’s relationship with God if I didn’t have my own in tact. I realized the best way for me to lead them in that direction was first to repair my own relationship with Him. 2nd-How can I help them to understand the importance of family while I was at the neglecting my family? And 3rd-How can I tell them their bodies are temples of God while I wasn’t taking care of my own body?
DON’T JUST DO SOMETHING …
While reading and researching, I uncovered several areas in my life that needed work. I realized most of the time I was living my life by the saying, don’t just stand there, do something. What I should do is reverse it and more often living by the saying, don’t JUST do something, stand there.
The 1st part of Psalm 46:10 says, “Be Still and Know that I am God”. Most of us have heard that before, but have you ever given much thought to what it really means? While I was thinking about it, a story came to mind – most of you probably know it, but it’s about a prophet of God named Elijah. Elijah was a man of God, he was busy doing the work of God. In this story, he has just defeated 100s of Baal’s prophets. An amazing victory was given to him by God!
Even though he was a man of God and he was busy doing God’s bidding, he wasn’t really connected to God and because of that, when he heard Jezebel was looking for him to kill him…he was afraid and ran for his life.
ELIJAH ON THE RUN
I’m summarizing quite a bit, but I would definitely encourage you if you don’t know this story, or you don’t remember all the details, take the time to read it. You can find it in 1 Kings 18 & 19 and it is an incredible story about God’s power and His ability and willingness to use us if we make ourselves available to him.
So we find Elijah running for his life, after traveling for a while he stops to sleep. An angel wakes him up and there is food there, he eats and then goes to sleep again. He’s woke a 2nd time to another meal. The strength he gets from the 2nd meal gives him the energy to make a 40 day journey…that’s God’s power at work again.
Even with amazing things going on in his life, we see Elijah scared, running for his life, and hiding in a cave. 1 Kings 19:9b-13 tells us what Elijah did next:
And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Elijah repeats his answer and God gives him marching orders.
STAND THERE – BE STILL
God is powerful! HE is Mighty! He is an awesome God! But sometimes, in order to hear Him, we need to be still. Zechariah 2:13 says “Be Still before the Lord, all mankind…”
Jesus is a great example for us on this. If there was ever anyone who was busy, it was Jesus. Traveling, preaching, teaching, healing the sick, raising the dead, all kinds of miracles…The man was busy. Yet, no matter how busy he was, he never forgot to be still, he never forgot to stay connected to God. Throughout the Bible it talks about Jesus praying. Going off by himself to pray…taking the time to be still and listen to God.
Prayer is the key to our relationship with God. It’s how Jesus stayed connected, and it’s how we should stay connected, too. It’s important for me, as a preacher, and it’s important for you as a Christian.
I’m going to take the things I learned from this lesson to improve those areas in my life, especially my relationship with God.
My hope is that you will be able to use what I’ve shared to help you set aside time to be still and know God.
Jay thank you again for writing for Royalty by Grace. This blog wouldn’t be possible without your support. I love you, babe. Great post.
I hope that you all enjoyed.
P.S. If you are interested in practicing being still in God check out The Weekly Devotionals HERE!
*hugs and love* y’alls,
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