“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
Palms 46:10 (NIV)
In today’s culture, where multiple activities, performance-orientation, and the push to achieve greater results are the showcase of a successful life, it is easy to get caught up living the same trap, being so busy that God is pushed out of the picture and the relationship becomes stranded. When we become the center of attention rather than God, and the self is more important in the equation than God, we have lost our greatest strength. By always first applying Palms 46:10 in the equation, it allows us to focus our lives and participate with “God’s work through us” rather than jump into our work “hoping God will bless it.” When we stop ourselves to focus on God first, God allows us to capture a better glimpse of his majesty and power.
Every relationship takes time to build and the more intimate relationship even takes greater time. In Luke 10:38-41, Mary sits still before Jesus listening to His teaching while her sister Martha is busy with the necessary activity to provide for the hospitality of their guests. Jesus even states that Mary has chosen the better of the two. In my early twenties when we were very performance-oriented and moved mountains before even asked to, we approached life from the perspective of starting first, then asking God’s blessing on it after starting, and wonder how come things wouldn’t work out as planned. It took awhile to learn how to determine whether a project was my ministry, the church’s or God’s. It took time to reach the point where we wouldn’t even begin a project until we “first heard from God”. Over time, we leaned the difference between seeing the hand of God on a project versus only our hand. Many times God had to intervene to safe us from ourselves.
Of the various individuals who have impacted me, none other than George Mueller would qualify for the top ten list. His faith to perform a work and wait on God to provide is a lesson for all to take heart. His experience and confirmation of God’s involvement was constantly demonstrated by the miracles of assistance without asking anyone but God in prayer. He ministered to over 10,000 children without asking for assistance from anyone but God. Therefore, he knew God’s hand was involved through the entire process and it strengthen him during the low moments of his ministry.
Trust begins with baby steps and over time leads to the Mueller experience. Since we are all on a journey of transformation in Christ, why not stop kidding ourselves and begin to live the adventurous life of a saint. I assure you. If you started a written journal today, you would find by life-end a story worth publishing into a Hollywood movie. It all starts with “Being Still…”
What will it take for you to be still for one day?