Word of Encouragement: Be Still and Rest in God

Trials, heartaches, and debilitating circumstances may be weighing you down. Perhaps you have endured more than you think you can handle. You may be voicing to God that you are at your limit. You may be wondering if others go through such distress and trauma. You may have thought you have done something wrong to bring on such calamity in your life. If you have ever read the book of Job in the Bible you feel like you can understand his situation because you feel like Job. You feel like there is little or no direction in your life. You are just filled with heartache and grief. You have begun to wonder what the purpose is for so much pain and turmoil. Your grief runs deep and your trials seem endless. You are desperate for peace and rest. Your zest for life has fizzled out and you drag through the days.

Consider and reflect/meditate on this scripture:

The thief comes only to steal, and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. John 10:10, NIV.

What do you need to take back that the enemy has stolen from you, destroyed, or killed? Has the enemy stolen your peace and joy? Destroyed your family? Or killed your passion? Are you living the abundant life that Christ came to give you? If not, maybe it is time to reclaim your life.

If you are at a place where you just cannot make sense of anything any more; be still. Be still and listen and wait for God to show you and led you up out of the pit of despair. Being still means not trying to figure out everything or analyzing your problems.

Being still means resting in God.

Be still and rest in God

To rest means to seize from work. You may be at “work” trying to solve your problems and trying to understand what went wrong and how to make things better. Rest your weary soul and mind. Take shelter upon the Most High God and seize (refrain) from trying to figure out outcomes and your life. Let go and let God. Embrace His comfort as you wait upon His deliverance.

Rest knowing that God will fulfill all His promises and will work all things out for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes (Romans 8:28). And if you’re feeling like Job, remember that God blessed Job’s later life more than his earlier life (Job 42:12-15).

When the “storms” of life come, run to the feet of Jesus and get stable in His presence as the storms pass. Some “storms” seem like they are going to destroy everything that you have. Make time to sit with the Lord when you feel “tossed” to and fro from the relentless crashing waves that seem like they will pull you under. Get still by quieting the chaos in your mind.

You cannot hear the Holy Spirit when your mind and thoughts are racing or at unrest. You must be able to hear Holy Spirit when the enemy attacks. You will not hear Holy Spirit if you keep checking your phone, emails, or racing around everywhere, you must get still.

Is being still hard? Yes, for many, getting still can be most challenging. Be aware, that distractions will come from many directions to get you to avoid not getting still and quiet before God. You must discipline yourself by turning away from whatever is competing for your time with God. Quieting your thoughts takes practice. Your mind most likely will wonder for the first 10 minutes and sometimes even longer. Don’t give up, keep quieting your inner thoughts. Grab a journal, a pen, and your Bible, and find a place that is quiet and free from distractions. I like to play soaking worship music in the background to help me to relax and clear my thoughts.

If you are tired, worn-out, frustrated, or confused, don’t add anything else to your plate, and instead be still and allow Holy Spirit to minister to you.

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