You Need Only to Be Still

The way the sun was filtering down through the clouds on the way to church this morning was breathtaking.
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. – Exodus 14:14 (NIV)

As we wait for our house to sell, it is easy to become frustrated. When an offer came in but an agreement could not be negotiated discouragement tried to set in. Going back and forth, deciding how much we should come down on our price, waiting for a counter offer, was stressful. I think most of the stress stemmed from knowing it all hinged on the decisions we made. And then when we could not come to an agreement it was disheartening. It’s in moments like this that impatience begins to set in.

As humans, our nature is to do everything in our power to fix something or make something work. We think it is our responsibility to make things happen.

Yet there are times when we simply need to be still.

The day after the negotiations with the house failed a friend shared this verse for our memorization group to learn.

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Isn’t it amazing how God gives you clarity during a situation with just one small verse.

“Just be still,” He told me. “Rest.”

Deep breath. Be still.

There are times when God expects us to be active in whatever situation we are facing. I’m beginning to believe though that many times he only wants us to be still so He can work.

When we try to control the situation we get in His way.

He can only fight for us when we learn to be still.

Have you had a situation where you thought you had to keep doing something, but realized you needed to be still so God could work?