Sometimes my relationship with God seems a bit strange. Take this morning, for example. The Lord woke me up in the very early morning with more than enough time to pass before witnessing the first light of the day.
I prayed to get back to sleep, but sensed that I was to arise and go downstairs to the quiet and dark living room. Then, as I was inquiring to the Lord about this inconvenient circumstance, I heard that still, small voice that simply said, “Rest in my presence.”
Huh? I have to wake up to rest in the presence of God? That can’t be right! But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. You see, my daily time with the Lord is often a very productive time because there sometimes seems to be much I must do - a prescription, of sorts, to enter into His presence and engage in our relationship.
Think about a close relationship. Being still in that relationship is an important part of that relationship. When we are with someone we are close to, we can let our guard down and feel no need to fret or take action. We can go for hours with no words spoken or tasks done and yet feel close to them just because we are in their loving presence
We can be still and still be engaged in the relationship. We can relax and just “be” because we know them. We know that their intentions towards us are good and that they will have our back. We know them, and because we know them, we know we are safe. And because we know we are safe, we can be still.
Could it be that being still before God and resting rather than actively seeking His presence is sometimes a part of our relationship with Him of which He wants us to partake? So much so that He will wake us up in order to experience it?
In Psalm 46, God declares:
“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Everyone (child of God or enemy of God) will be still before Him once they are faced with the true knowledge of Him - that He is exalted over all. The arrogance of God’s enemies and the anxiety of God’s children will be stilled in the face of who God is.
My Bible reading, prayers, confessions, worship, thanksgiving and desire for daily strength and guidance are all good and God-honoring things. But early this morning, I was encouraged to cease the activity and be still before God – to remember who He is and rest (as in sit still in God’s presence taking no specific action) in light of that remembrance. I can be still and still be engaged in that relationship.
Oh, how I needed this revelation given some of the out of my control circumstances on the verge of collapse in my life today. The brief time to remember and be still was the best prescription of all.
There is a time to seek and there is a time to be still. When was the last time that, upon remembering that He is exalted over all, you were still before God?
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Hello! My name is Ginger Hill and I am a Christ follower and a wellness professional. Over the years, I have personally and professionally seen the benefits of healthy living and I have also seen the hardships of struggling to practice good health habits in the midst of a busy and sometimes stressful life. I am passionate about helping myself and others to live a healthy lifestyle and I believe that good health is essential in helping us to do the good works that God has called us to do. Because I am a work in progress, I write these blog posts to encourage myself and I share them with others in the hope that they may be encouraged as well.
Psalm 92:12,14 (NLT)
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