be still before the Lord

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7a

Like many of you, I’ve been in the Word a LOT in this quarantine season. I shared in a recent Instagram post that I’ve listened to and for God more than I ever have—for work direction, in relationships, for general faith and life guidance. From focused prayer and study time, the Lord has lifted certain passages in the Word that my soul has needed, one of which is the title verse of this post . . .

What these words of David say to me basically and simply is trust the Lord. I’ve read other verses where the encouragement is to cease striving. And as writer Brett Cohrs puts it, “Stop trying to manufacture the outcomes in your own life and in the lives of others.” (Read his full post here.) Friends, the times belong to God. He has ordered our steps and set our paths. No need for us to strive and assume control over things ourselves—God has it all under control.

Does that mean we stop praying? Certainly not. Do we stop believing God to show us His way, suggesting to Him instead what we think our way should be? Not at all. It means we surrender all to Him. We expect in faith. We give up control and walk as God orders.

The being still has another meaning for me: When you pray, when you study, reverence Him. Be still, almost literally, and keep holy quietness as you listen for Him. Turn off the TV and put down your phone. Seek the Lord while He may be found.

Perhaps being by myself has helped in this place of thirst and hunger for God, and I’m grateful for that. I’m not going to pretend I’m not thankful for being able to work from home these few months. While COVID-19 has certainly had an incredible turn with us, God is bigger than any raging virus, pandemic, injustice, tribulation or heartache we’ll ever face. Be still and wait patiently. He will see us through.

And by the way, Psalm 37 is worth the read in entirety. You can find it here.

Be blessed, wear your mask, help others, and stay safe.

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