Be still and know… that God is God.
(Bible translation used is the NIV [New International Version] unless otherwise mentioned)
How battles are effectively fought… our part
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14
In all our human and spiritual stress and grieving, learning to…
The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.”
Therapeutic life-restoring waters
The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters… Psalm 23:1-2
Refocusing on our daily paths and situations of life
Quiet down before God, be prayerful before him. Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder, who elbow their way to the top. Psalm 37:7 (Message)
Struggling spiritually -with the ways of our Maker & Saviour
O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
Even now your enemies are in tumult; those who hate you have raised their heads.
Psalm 83:1-2 (NRSV)
WHY do we not want to or learn to be still…?
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:“Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it.” Isaiah 30:15 (NLT)
Listen … quiet – all people! Can we just shut up!?!
“But oh! God is in his holy Temple! Quiet everyone—a holy silence. Listen!”Habakuk 2:20
To be able to catch what is going on… around us regularly
Be silent before the Lord, all humanity, for he is springing into action from his holy dwelling.” Zechariah 2:13 (NLT)
Is this for real….?? the storm suddenly – stops?!? At a command?
But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:37-39 (NLT)
Learning to recover -from the ultimate teacher and mentor of life
Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone. Mark 6:31-32 (NLT)
The Master sees and cares… even in the middle of sadness and low points
He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. Luke 24:17
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