be still

How and When to Be Still


Be Still.

Words spoken over me. I heard them in my prayer time. The letters spelled themselves out across scripture. They appeared in various places throughout the week.

 I especially appreciate these times when God authenticates a message by speaking it into more than one area of my life because, well, I can be a bit thick-headed at times.

But why this message?

Be. Still.

It’s been a year of trials. This particular event involved our home purchase and a builder who lost his integrity at a prior job site. To resolve this issue would cost us thousands of dollars. To let it go meant trusting part of our property to some stranger and accepting conditions that we would never have agreed to if they had been previously disclosed. 

Betrayed, deceived, weary and most of all – furious.

I felt all of these feelings at once. These words often describe our lives when battles wage. I’m sure for you other words come to mind as well. When these feelings emerge, our gut reaction is to fight back.

But, sometimes God just wants us to Be Still. Let’s look at some examples of this from scripture:

  • The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still. (Exodus 14:14 NIV) 

The prophetic words spoken by Moses to the Israelites as the Egyptians pursued then in the wilderness. 

  • Be stillbefore the Lord and wait patiently for him: do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. (Psalm 37:7 NIV) 

This wisdom was imparted by David. He spent much time on the run from a jealous, murderer – King Saul. He chose to let God fight his battle rather than killing Saul himself when he had the chance.

  • 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)

Prophetic words spoken to the nations to end their fighting.[i]

The words “be still” from these verses in the original Hebrew texts are charash, domam, and rephah respectivelyThey each mean to be silent,restrelax. These are not typical behaviors when we feel backed into a corner.  Nevertheless, these were the words God spoke to me so I listened and a strange thing happened… 

My perspective changed. 

Giving up control of the situation and entrusting it to Lord gave me a freedom and a peace I did not expect. Admittedly, learning to Be Still was not easy. At times I thought I had surrendered the issue and then had to begin again. It required faith and focus on Christ and discipline on my part in a world that suggests resolution in other ways. I don’t believe we are always supposed to be still. This is where prayer comes into the picture. But if you find yourself in a similar situation, don’t give up! Just. Be. Still. My friend, God is fighting for you. 

Have you ever felt God asking you to be still? If so, how did God see you through the situation? 

Until next time,


2010. Holman Christian Standard Bible.Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers.

 “NIV Search Results for “be” AND “still”.” Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 22 Aug, 2018.

[i](Holman Christian Standard Bible 2010)p.927

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