Yesterday was Christmas, as I am writing this, and we had a relaxing day, just the five us us at home. Yet, so much goes into the day ahead of time, I can’t help but feel that a good, soulful rest is in order.
In this brief season between Christmas and New Year’s I’m going to follow my own advice. How hypocritical would it be if I wrote about being still if I did not also live it out?! Thank you for extending some grace while I, myself, rest and re-focus this week!
Although I am leaving you with very little content today, in many ways it’s all that you need: God’s own Words. Here are some verses to pray over which reinforce the biblical imperative to be still:
Be still, and know that I am God.Psalm 46:10
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.Exodus 14:14
Be still before 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
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.Psalm 23:1-2
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.Hebrews 4:9-10
Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes!1 Samuel 12:16
The Lord continues to do remarkable things, just as He did in the time of Samuel. Awe-inspiring works in those around us and in you. Follow me this week in being still and let’s see what divine works we can notice! What may He change or soften in us?!
As as a closing devotional, here is a Jesus Calling reading from this week which seems to be especially relevant to the Be Still Series:
I AM PREPARING YOU for what is on the road ahead…Take time to be still in My Presence so that I can strengthen you. The busier you become, the more you need this time apart with Me. So many people… live and work in their own strength–until that becomes depleted. Then they either cry out to Me for help or turn away in bitterness.
How Much better it is to walk close to Me, depending on My strength and trusting Me in every situation. If you live in this way… Your unhurried pace of living will stand out… Some people may deem you lazy, but many more will be blessed by your peacefulness. Walk in the Light with Me, and you will reflect Me to the watching world.Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, December 27
3 thoughts on “Be Still Series: Living it Out”
Hi again Helen!
Thank YOU for your continued writing, and for shooting it on this platform.
I am much more encouraged when reading the New Testament, so most times I stick with what’s familiar. Today, during my ordinary routine, I came across the verse (Exodus 14:14) “The Lord will fight for you; You need only to be still”. I’d never heard this verse before. Of course, after finding it twice within 3 hours time, I know something in Exodus is calling to me. The unfamiliar, amplified 🤗.
Guess what I’ll be reading tonight?!?!
With love & encouragement,
Yes!!! I think there’s a message in that verse for you for sure 😉
Stay tuned, three more OT references in the next 3 weeks as I apply the idea of Sabbath to our lives in 2022!