‘Be Still’ – Profound and Purposeful Action

Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.”

What a powerful and comforting verse. I have been coming back to this verse and soaking this in for the last few days. This week I was not feeling very fighting fit in a spiritual and emotional sense and I just needed to be reminded that God is with me and for me every single day.

I have read and re-read this verse and allowed it to minister to me. There is nothing more powerful and comforting than the word of God to minister to your weary soul.

These words were said by Moses to the Israelites when he was leading them out of Egypt. They reach a point stuck between the Red Sea ahead and Egyptians in pursuit of them. The Israelites were fearful, desperate and wanted to give up. Moses said these words, which were overflowing with faith when he could have been so easily afraid.

There is such assurance in these words that the Lord will fight for them. There is no doubt in Moses’s mind about that. Such confidence and assurance of the presence and provision of God. When facing a situation that can instil fear, may we have that kind of assurance that God is always there for us. A faithful and forever God.

He fights for us. He goes to battle for you and me. He does it because He loves us and we are His. An assurance of His love and that we belong to Him.

Fights for you – I was reminded of Romans 8:31 where it saysIf God is for you, who can be against you.” Whatever we are facing, His presence with us and for us is strength enough to break down that which is trying to break us.

The first half of this verse, those six words assures us of what the Lord will do for us.

The second half of the verse, the next six words tells us what we are to do.

“You need only to be still.”

What do we need – need to be still. Usually in a situation where there is a call to do battle. We can tend to want to do a lot of things. We will tend to fret, complain, be anxious, get impatient and try taking things in our own hands to have control over the situation in some form.

We might not want to Be still but being still is all we need to do.

Be still – what does it mean to be still?

Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God.”

In Hebrew to ‘Be still’ means to let go or to surrender. Being still is not giving up, it is to surrender to God. When we sit on a two-wheeler with anyone, the person behind has to hold onto the rider and surrender control of riding to the one in front. The one behind cannot bend left when the rider is trying to turn right, that would only make things difficult.

Do we tend to sit and try and drive from behind with Jesus?

Being still in His presence, shifting all our attention to Him and surrendering allows us to know that He is God. A God who is sovereign (Col 1:16-17) a God on whom we can completely depend on (Isaiah 41:13), a God who is faithful (Psalm 145:13), who works out all things for our good (Romans 8:28), a God whose plans, purposes and ways goes beyond what we can understand (Isaiah 55:9) and a God who does immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

Let’s release our grip and surrender to HIM.

To ‘Be’ is an ongoing state, it does not say we ‘were’ still. To ‘Be still’ is very much an everyday ongoing process to keep on letting go of our hold and letting God work in His way. To be still does not mean to do nothing. It is to allow ourselves to quit our scrambling for control, hear His voice, take time to grow in our faith and trust and align ourselves with His way and His time.

In Mark 4:39, Jesus quieted the stormy waters by saying “Peace! Be Still!”

The waters obeyed and stopped being restless. Being still in His presence, allows Jesus to quiet the chaos in our minds and focus on Him so that we can experience His peace.

Psalm 37:7 says “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”

Being still before the Lord helps us to wait on Him to work out that which is best for us in His perfect wisdom and timing.

What can we do while being still before God

  • May we abound with praise and worship. When we worship Him, we exalt His name above any situation or circumstance in our life.
  • May we spend time reading His word – ground ourselves with His word that serves as the sword of the spirit (Ephesians 6:17), it cuts through any lies the enemy tells us.
  • May we overflow with prayer – we may not know how things will turn out but let’s turn to that which we know – He hears our prayers – His ears are attentive to our prayers (1 Peter 3:12).
  • May we give thanks – we are to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18), a posture of gratitude acknowledges that our love is not conditional to receiving only good things from Him. It is the laying of our trust in Him while we are yet to fully see or comprehend his ways.

Be still, my friend, be still. Let the Lord be your shield and your sword. Let Him be your rock and your shelter. Be still and surrender to Him, leave room for God to work, let Him fight for you.  

Be Still before HIM, a simple but yet profound and purposeful action.

God Bless.

59 thoughts on “‘Be Still’ – Profound and Purposeful Action

  1. We can be still and know that He is God! That is powerful and comforting. And Psalm 37 is my favorite Psalm. When we finally surrender to the Lord, great things happen in our hearts and in our circumstances. Thanks Manu for the encouragement! ❤️

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  2. There is so much of The Word in this post! I wrote down some of the scriptures you mentioned—especially the first one. God will fight for you, just be still; that’s truth I needed to hear today.

    I have a “ That’s not fair!” button I like to push at times, and then want to take matters into my own hands. #badidea

    Thank you for an excellent devotional, as always. Blessings.

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    1. It’s amazing how God works. There are many a times I have read posts and it was just what I needed to hear on that day. I am so glad it spoke to you.
      Oh I understand the that’s not fair button, in addition to that I have the ‘why’ button too and yes it is a bad idea.
      Thank you David 🙂.

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  3. Nothing is more comforting than to hear God, your father say to you ‘You Only Need to Be Still”

    But the greatest test is how to remain still when storms are approaching you from different directions 🤔.

    Thankfully, God is maker of all and still in control. Let’s keep encouraging each other with the word of God, a spirit of thanksgiving, and a humble heart.

    Very encouraging and comforting sermon, dear. Thank you for sharing 🙏 😊.

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    1. Being still is so hard for me too. It is something we develop over time and with discipline. I have a ways to grow in that area but I wish to be more still in His presence.
      Thank you Marie. I always appreciate your thoughts 💙.

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  4. I love this quote, “Being still in His presence, allows Jesus to quiet the chaos in our minds and focus on Him so that we can experience His peace”. It is very true that we need to calm the chaos in our minds, let go of our worries, and focus on Him for direction and peace. Thanks Manu, for sharing this important and comforting post.

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    1. When I find myself struggling with worry. I try to be still in His presence, reading His word and praying so that the spirit can minister to me and fill me with His peace. It is not easy as it is so much easier to let ourselves feel anxious. But the Lord is gracious with me when I try. It is still a process for me and not my default mode.
      Thank you Jeanne for sharing, always appreciate it 😊💙.

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  5. This is such a beautiful post. And one I really needed today as so many things were going wrong. Thank you for realigning my perspective. I am definitely saving this post to read when I need a boost. You have a special way of bringing peace through your writing. May God bless you always, my friend! ❤️

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  6. Being still is ongoing.
    Being still indicates surrender.
    Being still points to our trust in our Daddy.
    Lovely reminders, Manu.
    Lastly, “There is nothing more powerful and comforting than the word of God to minister to your weary soul.” Amen!!

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    1. Thank you dear sis. Many a times when I am soul weary, I tend to allow a lot of other godly things to uplift me. There is nothing wrong in that but I noticed that I do not sit with His word enough to minister to me. One of the main reasons is I find it hard to be still in his presence during those times when my mind, but His word is like a balm to the soul.
      Blessings dear Dee 🤗💙

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  7. Being still sounds so easy, and yet it might just be one of the most difficult things we must do, especially in what seems like a life-or-death situation. ‘Being’ makes it sound like we do nothing, but as you said, it means we must submit to the Lord and have our ‘being’ in Him. God told Moses to go up on the mountain and just “be there”. An interesting picture and one we need to learn a lesson from. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. God bless.

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    1. So true that being still is one of hardest things to do. I struggle in that aspect but hope to grow in that area.
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.
      Blessings to you too 😊.

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  8. This is a great post full of faith and wisdom. It takes courage to be still and allow God to work as we go about our normal routine. Being still is about trusting Him to work while we do our work. I cannot tell you how often I have thought about that being still and it took me a long time to understand he usually does not mean to stop, maybe pause and give Him a prayer request of a thank you or just a nod. But being still is a heart issue for sure. I for the life of me could not stay in bed tonight, so much on my mind. Not worries but I think He wanted me to read your post. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you 😊. Being still is not easy to do. It took me a while to understand too that being still in His presence does not mean being inactive. Being still is not to run ahead of Him or on our own but to let Him lead and guide our each step in His time.
      God works in amazing ways and I am humbled and encouraged that this post helped.
      Blessings to you 💙

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