I read a short word the other day by Marsha Burns that I absolutely love and I want to explain why, but first, let me share her short word with you:
“When your forward momentum seems to have stalled, be still. Flailing around will only set you back.There is no need to worry that you have lost ground. This is just a “selah” moment to pause and reflect. You must allow what you have learned to become part of who you are before you push forward again, says the Lord. Psalms 32:7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah”
I have always been taught if I am not moving forward, then I am stuck, stalled and losing ground.
There have been times in my walk with God where nothing was happening, I felt like I was hitting a wall. I was told I must continue pressing through and that is the truth much of the time, but I am learning that is not the truth for every situation. Sometimes we need to be still before the Lord.
I can distinctly remember through many of those times having a fear that I was losing ground or ‘missing it’ although there was nothing I could make happen. I understand there are times we have to press through and there are times the enemy is attempting to stop us. However, there are also times, I believe, where God is staying ‘just be still.’
Let’s look at the scripture in Psalm 46:10; “Be still and know that I am God.”
To be still means to relax, let it drop, let it go and be quiet. It also means to sink down. This reminds me of a big comfy chair and what it feels like to simply sink down in it and relax. That is what God is saying in this scripture…let it go…sink down into ME and relax.
I realize that is a difficult thing to do at times, especially for those of us who are fixers. I can fight to the very end, the being still part is more of a challenge for me….but I am learning.
In the scripture in Psalms 46, the word ‘know’ means to become intimately acquainted with, to perceive, to recognize and to acknowledge.
During these times where it feels you are losing ground, you need to stop and acknowledge God and His path for you, acknowledge that there are times to be quiet before the Lord and wait patiently for him.
Psalm 37:7 says; “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him.”
Friends, I am not saying there is never a time to push through walls, because there is times to push through. All I am saying is learn to discern the times in God. Know there is a time to push through and a time to be still AND know that if you are in a time of being still, you are not losing ground.
God is continuing to work on your behalf, while you are resting in him. That….is an awesome word!