May 30, 2016

Be still? No thank you. - Verse of the Week

Be still and know that I am God. - Psalm 46:10

Be Still.

These two little words have pestered challenged me over and over. And as I sit on my couch sipping my hot cup of tea {:because it is winter here:} they have done it again.

This verse has defined my life. Some people choose a life verse, but this one God just handed me on a silver platter...which I tried to send back to the kitchen with a polite "no thank you". It didn't work. Well, if you can't change it you might as well embrace it, right?

I have wrote about this verse numerous times and even shared how this is not the verse that makes the most sense for a girl who finds it almost impossible to be still {:the girl who never stops twitching or fiddling? - yeah, that's me:}, yet when did this whole walking with God thing ever really make sense?

I was ending my quiet time this morning and remembered a Instagram post I saw from Lysa Terkeurst.


As my quiet time was ending, I decided to write my own version of this. As I did, I was reminded that though the word "be" is a verb, we rarely think of it as an action verb. Mostly, because it is not technically and grammatically speaking.  But it is an active verb.

The art of being isn't as passive as I have allowed it to be, especially when it comes to this verse. To be is a choice of being. What I mean is this: If I am going to be still I must stop the anxious thoughts that come to my mind so easily. I must actively choose to be still when the negative self talk rises. I stand firm in my choice to be still and trust when questions arise in my heart about what the season ahead holds. You see, this act of being isn't so easy. It is not something that will just happen as you absentmindedly walk through life. It is a choice.

But your being is attached to something else. It is not enough just to actively 'be'. You must attach it to what you know. And what you know can be found in the Word of Truth {:you know, that Bible that has been collecting dust on your nightstand?:} What I know is that he is good. What I know is that he is sovereign. What I know is that He has plans to proper me and not harm me. What I know is that His goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. What I know is that He who began a good work in me will bring it to a glorious completion.

I guess my question to myself and to you as well would be: Do we really know if our be doesn't align with what we confess to know?

Be still and know that HE IS.

What things in your life do you need to actively choose to be still and apply what you know to?


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