A crazy contradiction right?! How on earth is it possible to ‘be still’ and yet, continue ‘moving forward’?
If you are in a place where you sense that God is asking you to ‘be still’, then I pray you will be encouraged, as you discover great movement in the stillness.
Fallow ground is a piece of land that has been ploughed and harrowed but left for a time without being sown. This period of rest is a necessity to restore fertility to tired, worn-out and overused land and is even quoted in the bible, (Lev 25:4) as an instruction to the Israelites.
Leaving the land fallow is the very last resort for modern day farmers as they aim to produce the very maximum they possibly can from the land. The same can also be true for you and I and rest often becomes the last resort, as we strive to keep up with the busyness of every day life. Its possible to keep going for so long until finally, we end up tired, infertile, exhausted and burnt out.
At first glance, fallow land appears to be dried up, weed ridden and wasted; however, incredible activity is taking place underneath the ground. Lost vitamins and minerals, vital to plant growth, are being restored to the soil during this period of rest.
To ‘be still’ may seem like there’s not much happening on the surface but on the inside, God is restoring and revitalising you, ready to receive a huge harvest.
When too much is just TOO much
Ever heard of the saying, ‘Too much of a good thing’?
This makes sense when it comes to overused ground. There are times when surplus production needs to be avoided, especially when it is fruitless.
It is possible for the potentially ‘good’ things in our lives to be completely unfruitful. God wants to prune us and cut away everything in our lives that does not bear fruit. This can feel as though there are hardly any branches left and we are caused to ‘be still’. Be encouraged though because God is pruning you in order for you to bear more fruit.
I am and I will
The word ‘still’, found in this portion of scripture (Psalm 46:10) is a translation of the Hebrew word ‘rapa’. This word can be translated as ‘ceasing’ or ‘letting go’. Its in the midst of a battle, that the very best thing you can do is to stop your frantic activity, drop your weapons and ‘be still’.
Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
You are an overcomer in the Lord and He will fight on your behalf. God will bring you through the trials or difficulties you are facing, you only need ‘be still’. Drop your carnal weapons and allow God to intervene. Let the world see how God has brought you through the impossible. All the glory belongs to the Lord and He will be exalted through the victory He has given you.
We stand, He moves
When God asks us to ‘be still’, we do so in His presence. In God’s presence there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11), even in times of great sadness and sorrow. In His presence we find peace that passes all understanding, (Phil 4:7) even when we are amidst great chaos and calamity.
God doesn’t abandon us when He fights on our behalf, He stays with us and goes before us. (Deut 31:8) Our patience is being perfected as we wait for God’s perfect timing. Our trust in God growing as we learn more and more to ‘be still’ and know that He alone is God.
To be still but remain in His presence is to continue moving forward. When we stand, He moves.
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