Ex 14:13 “But Moses told the people, ‘Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again.’”
Prov 3:5,10 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 10 Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.”
A Minnesota guy spent $1500 and six months to make a sandwich. This is because he made every ingredient himself. He harvested seawater (for the salt), milked a cow, collected honey, made butter, made bread, killed a chicken, grew vegetables, etc. In an interview, he was asked did this experience change the way he views the way food is gotten. He has a new appreciation for the stuff that we take for granted.
It is because of free trade that we have all these advantages and don’t have to go through all that this man did. This experience gave him a greater respect for the making and eating of a simple chicken sandwich. All the processing he did himself. The invisible side of the society does all the work so we don’t have to.
God is at work behind the scenes of your life, do you appreciate it? How would your thinking change if you truly trusted that God is at work?
2 Kings 6:8-23 “When the king of Aram was at war with Israel, he would confer with his officers and say, ‘We will mobilize our forces at such and such a place.’ 9 But immediately Elisha, the man of God, would warn the king of Israel, ‘Do not go near that place, for the Arameans are planning to mobilize their troops there.’ 10 So the king of Israel would send word to the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he would be on the alert there. 11 The king of Aram became very upset over this. He called his officers together and demanded, ‘Which of you is the traitor? Who has been informing the king of Israel of my plans?’ 12 ‘It’s not us, my lord the king,’ one of the officers replied. ‘Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in the privacy of your bedroom!’ 13 ‘Go and find out where he is,’ the king commanded, ‘so I can send troops to seize him.’ And the report came back: ‘Elisha is at Dothan.’ 14 So one night the king of Aram sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city. 15 When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. ‘Oh, sir, what will we do now?’ the young man cried to Elisha. 16 ‘Don’t be afraid!’ Elisha told him. ‘For there are more on our side than on theirs!’ 17 Then Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!’ The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. 18 As the Aramean army advanced toward him, Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, please make them blind.’ So the Lord struck them with blindness as Elisha had asked. 19 Then Elisha went out and told them, ‘You have come the wrong way! This isn’t the right city! Follow me, and I will take you to the man you are looking for.’ And he led them to the city of Samaria. 20 As soon as they had entered Samaria, Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, now open their eyes and let them see.’ So the Lord opened their eyes, and they discovered that they were in the middle of Samaria. 21 When the king of Israel saw them, he shouted to Elisha, ‘My father, should I kill them? Should I kill them?’ 22 ‘Of course not!’ Elisha replied. ‘Do we kill prisoners of war? Give them food and drink and send them home again to their master.’ 23 So the king made a great feast for them and then sent them home to their master. After that, the Aramean raiders stayed away from the land of Israel.”
Elisha’s servant needed prayer in order to appreciate the invisible that was going on. This was a ‘be still’ moment. Instead of acting in fear, once he saw the truth, he could be still.
When you trust Him more, it’s easier to Be Still.
You don’t have to figure it all out for yourself, and frankly, you can’t. Knowing this, are you more fearful or are you willing to trust Jesus? How will your life change as a result of your choice?
Joshua 1:5 “No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.”
Psalm 121:1-8 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.”
You can be still and look up. God will not fall asleep on the job.
Psalm 91:1 “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
If you dwell, abide, you can be still.
Psalm 91:2-16 “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”
Only with your eyes, not your abilities, but it is all God that does the work. Be still. You can just be still. Trust Him.
How would your life change if you chose to trust God in times of stress? What does trusting God look like? How can you put that into practice?
Gen 3:15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
You’ve got to tread and trample, but God has already got the victory.
Jesus has set His love on you. Be Still. You can call out wherever you are and in whatever circumstances you are in.
When we seek our own way, we don’t get what we want. We try and we try and it never seems good enough. We end up paying way too high a price, all because we try to do it our way. Any time you leave God behind, you will not get what you are going after. Be still. Trust Him.
If you’re frantic, you’re not being still. You think you’re supposed to have all the answers, but you’re not. Be still.
Elisha heard from God when he chose to be still. God speaks in the stillness.
Only when you come to grips with the fact that you don’t have all the answers and that you do have weaknesses and you’re not perfect, only then will God show up and show out. Only then, will He move in your circumstances and give you a miracle.
How will you take the truths revealed in God’s Word and apply them to your situations? Will you choose to trust Him even if things aren’t working out the way you think they should? Will you choose to be still in spite of circumstances?
2 Cor 12:14-15 “Now I am coming to you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you. I don’t want what you have—I want you. After all, children don’t provide for their parents. Rather, parents provide for their children. I will gladly spend myself and all I have for you, even though it seems that the more I love you, the less you love me.”
It took Paul being blinded to learn how to be still and trust God. It took this conversion experience to learn how to be still. He was a busy man, going after what he thought was right. He was zealous, but he would’ve spent and spent himself and eventually run out. There would have been a stopping point.
On the other side of Paul’s conversion, he became this incredible missionary. He wrote many, many letters. He is highly regarded. All of his exploits, all that he did, the difference is that Paul knew when to be still and hear from the Lord. He never wandered aimlessly. He had direction from the Lord. He wasn’t just writing for the sake of writing those letters to those churches. He had direction from the Lord and he obeyed. All this because he knew how to be still.
There are many who want to be leaders, but that can’t happen unless you learn to be still. Don’t try to always figure it out for yourself. Don’t try to ‘fix stuff.’ Be still. Let God be God. Let God be your salvation.
What are you currently trying to ‘fix’ or ‘figure out’? How is that working for you? Instead, will you choose to be still and wait for direction from the Lord? What does that look like and how will you implement it into your life?
Endure. It feels like you should be fixing something, but that’s not what God wants. You don’t see what He is doing in the invisible. Be still and see eventually what God is doing.
If it just doesn’t seem like you’re getting anywhere, just be still and wait on Jesus.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Michael Lagle.
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If you are looking for an Apostolic Pentecostal church and are in the Chicagoland area, come check out The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. We would love to see you there!