NUMBER I // BE STILL – How to enjoy your morning and win your day
NUMBER 1 // BE STILL – How to enjoy your morning and win you day
This is probably one of the most challenging but most crucial aspects of connecting with Jesus. I find it extremely important to spend some time just being still right after I wake up. Sitting and just being still and getting rid of any extra thoughts. This allows me to relax, let go of the demands of life for a moment and de-stress before a busy day. If you are anything like me, you can go from 0 to 100% stressed in a few seconds over an not even so big of an issue. This means I can get 100% stressed immediately when I wake up. Stopping to be still is not a personality trait that comes easily to me, especially when facing a problem. Being still is an act of radical trust and radical faith in that God speaks, God loves and that God moves mountains.
Loads of people complain that God doesn’t speak to them but the same people don`t even stop to listen. Really stop. This is contradictory. Many times God speaks to us in crazy ways so that it feels like a lightning from the sky. So that we for sure would not miss His voice. I don’t necessarily believe God speaks to us like that only because He loves to. I think He often times has to do that, has to “shout” because we don`t listen to His normal speech. So I have noticed that starting my day by just being still and chatting with Him without doing anything else at the same time is a game changer for me to win the day.
The act of stopping for a moment to be still and getting quiet is often `inconvenient` and challenging in our hectic world. The world constantly asks us to be busy but God asks us to be still so that we can receive His love, peace, closeness and guidance.
I`d like us to look at two scripture passages where the words `be still` are used. The words – Be Still – in the way we often understand it can mean not moving, stopping what you are doing or being quiet. I believe these words mean something much greater.
“Be still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10.
These words were said in The Old Testament when God was defending His city and people from the enemies. The Hebrew definition for being still is to stop striving, to let go, fully surrender. God was asking His people to stop trying and just surrender to Him and trust that He will bring victory.
Whether you have actual enemies knocking at your door or not, God is inviting you to be still, let go, de-stress and know that your God will take care of you and defend you until the very end.
“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” Mark 4:39
The story written by Mark, Matthew and Luke portray a situation where Jesus and his disciples were sailing on a lake when suddenly a furious storm came up. The disciples woke Jesus up from his sleep because they were afraid they would all drown and die. Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and said to the waves: “Peace, Be Still!” Immediately everything changed. The storm and the huge waves stopped. Perhaps a more literal meaning in the Greek language for `be still` is – Hush/Shh! And `Hush/Shh` could also be translated as: `Shut Up!`
We need to know that we can take comfort in letting go, surrendering and resting in God to provide help, guidance and safety. No matter what wars and storms rage around us we can find a place of being still. Jesus rested in the boat not because he was unaware of the situation outside the boat but because he trusted. When the time came he got up and rebuked the wind with authority. We need to learn to tell our anxious and fearful thoughts to shut up, just as Jesus did as he spoke to the storm. We need to learn to trust God in everything.
IDEA FOR TOMORROW: Before you get up in a hurry take a moment to just be still. Try to not rush out of bed in a hustle but stop and be reminded of who He is. That He was and is and will be for eternity the king of this universe and that He is now and forevermore seated on the throne over all of Heaven and Earth. That He created you and loves you.
Before you start thinking of every responsibility you have to do that day, before you begin the busy hustle day, learn to be still. Sit still for even just a few minutes, close your eyes and let your God switch your burdens to His peace. If you have a bunch of anxious thought disturbing you, do as Jesus did. Silence those thoughts by saying, “Peace, be still.” You have the authority as a child of God to do that. Or if you need strength and help, let go and rest in God, your refuge. Know that He will help you in your struggles.
I suggest you use at least 5-10 minutes to do this tomorrow morning and see how that works for you. Then continue to do it each morning with the time that works for you whether it’s 5 or 20minutes. The short term and especially long term effects will show you how important and healthy this is for your relationship with God. Consistency and sustainability are important.
- Crystal Chambers