Back in the early 90’s I spent every dime I had to my name to go to this conference on how to get rich. In that conference, they drove home this mentality that we have to be like rhinoceroses. Thick skinned. Focused straight ahead. Crash through everything. Don’t let ANYTHING get in your way of becoming wealthy. After that conference, I began applying those principles to my life. I determined in my mind I would be successful and these principles would get me there. No matter what, I was going to charge my way through to get to my ultimate goal – sometimes at the expense of friendships and wiser decisions. Even sometimes, at the expense of aligning with God in certain circumstances.

Over the past 15 or so years, God has brought me off that rhino and gave me a more balanced perspective through a series of tests and trials. He has this way of getting our attention. Sometimes we listen…but, sometimes we think we’ve got the answers and we tackle things on our own that either weren’t intended for us to tackle or God had other plans in mind. Throughout the New Testament we read accounts where the apostles and those seeking to follow Jesus, got a little overzealous. Sometimes Jesus was there to bail them out. Other times, they had to back-up, re-think and ask Him what went wrong. But, either way, in some of those situations I believe they missed a vital key to walking with God – being still.

Recently, I co-wrote a song with a close friend of mine. The idea came to me one day after watching my wife attempt to cut my son’s hair. Throughout the 30-45 minutes that they wrestled at it, she and I both probably said, “be still” over 30 times. “Stop touching your face.” “Stop wiggling.” Over and over, she had to maneuver and adjust the little guy. He was relentless. We’d say be still, he would look us in the eyes and say ok, then turn around and move. Either it wasn’t sinking in or it was just too hard for him. Suddenly, I realized how much we are like that with God – how many times God says, “be still,” and we just keep moving? How many times he wants to do something for us, but in our anxiousness, or our overzealous state of mind, we forage ahead and miss the fullness of what He had planned or miss His plan all together.

I believe that God wants us to be still. There is a time when God wants us to move, to seize the moment He puts before us; a time when that rhino mentality needs to kick in. But as a general state of mind, a way of life, I believe God wants us to rest in Him, to be still and know that He is God. In my personal experience more times than not God has required me to be still, to rest in His power, to trust in His ability, to wait for His defense. In Psalm 46:10 He said, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”; suggesting that being with Him produces rest. Throughout the Psalms the concept is repeated over and again. It seems that an attitude of stillness, rest and peace in the face of what would produce anxiety is a characteristic of hanging with God.

-- I Will Be Still --
By Tom Long and Chris Blackmon
Copyright 2009
( Click here to hear Scratch Demo )

I can’t walk on water - Or turn it into wine
I can’t heal the broken hearted - Or give sight to the blind
But all these things You can do - You’ll do them all through me
If I will let You – be You

So, I will be still - I will be still
I will be still, and know that You are God

I have no special wisdom - To make things turn out right
I have no words of power - To bring the dead to life
But all these things You are Lord - And You will speak through me
If I will let You – be You

So, I will be still - I will be still
I will be still, and know that You are God

All things are possible - When I am in Your presence I can see the truth
The power comes in trusting You
And every single limit is gone - They all just pass away
And only what You say - Means anything to me

So, I will be still - I will be still
I will be still, and know that You are God

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Comment by Rebecca on September 9, 2009 at 2:39pm
Great post! Thanks so much for sharing! And I agree...with God I tend to be a "wiggler" Can't sit still type...thanks for the reminder!

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