Just Sit Still
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” -Psalms 46:10
You just want to be refreshed again.
You long to abide in His consistent peace, to exist in a collision of calm and confidence in which you embrace life with a clear direction from the Lord. You deeply desire to be in this place of hope and love, where the reality of anxiety and insecurity are but a passing breeze – definitely present, yet unobtrusive in the path you are walking.
But instead, you remain in stillness.
The weeks of no inspiration, no revitalization, and no energy evoke a sense of spiritual depression within the rawest part of you, your soul aching to hear from the Lord.
Oh dear one, I have been there before too.
But, why would a God who desires for you to live life, and live it abundantly, grant you an underwhelmed soul?
The truth is, He wouldn’t.
The moment we feel that stillness is a sign of inactivity on God’s part is the moment we have allowed the enemy’s deception to reign.
One of the enemy’s primary goals is to desensitize you from experiencing God at work. Because he lacks the ability to keep God from being God, he is going to do everything in His power to keep you from experiencing God as God of your life.
If he can blind your spiritual sight, he can keep you from seeing God move in miraculous ways – big and small. If he can deafen your spiritual ears, then he can mute the quiet, gentle words of the Lord as he heightens his own loud, overpowering lies and deceit. If he can cripple your spiritual touch, then he can keep you from extending Christ’s love to others.
Today, if you are in a place of spiritual stillness, count it as all joy, because God is trying to bring you to a place of peace and rest that could not exist in activity.
He uses stillness in your life not to keep you from fullness, but to restore fullness in you.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.
Dear one, instead of experiencing this time of stillness as inactivity, embrace it as the time of peace and restoration that it is meant to be. Don’t allow the enemy to desensitize you. Use this time to enhance your sensitivity to God’s work. Keenly observe God’s miracles – big and small; listen to God’s voice, no matter how gentle or quiet; and extend your reach to those who are in need of Christ’s love. See this time as a time to build up spiritual strength for the path ahead. God has elaborate plans for you, so you are going to need it.
(This post was originally published by Raeli Smith to her personal blog that can be found HERE.)
— Raeli Smith, Community Outreach Intern