LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY ® Peace-Be Still
By Dr. ANDREA OATES
Stillness is sometimes a bad word in our bold and brash society. We are supposed to be aggressive, persistent, diligent, relentless, and always on-thego. A lot of times, being still and waiting on God are things that seem hard to do-especially during crises. We are used to believing what we see. And, in our perception, if we are not moving and if we do not see things changing, then we think that nothing is being accomplished. However, that is far from the truth.
The Bible endorses concepts such as persistence and diligence. The Word, many times, warns us against being idle and lazy. However, there is a time for everything. One indicator that it’s time to be still is when you have obeyed the will of God. The scripture states, “Having done all, to stand…” There are definitely acts that we have to do. After all, faith alone without corresponding actions is dead. But there comes a time when the Spirit of God will prompt you to simply be still and watch
Many times the stillness that we need, though, is one of the soul. Whether we are in a state of transition or being physically still, no exterior circumstance should move us out of the peace of God. The song declares, “This peace that I have, the world didn’t give it to me.” Jesus, before ascending into heaven after He was raised from the dead, blessed His followers. He executed His own last will and testament. In John 14:27, He bequeathed us His peace! “My peace I give unto you…” What an inheritance! No matter what happens and no matter what we go through in this world, we can always walk in the peace of God!
Peace, though it is invisible, is a priceless commodity. Without it, people from all walks of life suffer needless mental and physical torments. In fact, many commit suicide
simply desiring peace. But we do not have to live without peace (peace with God, peace with ourselves, and peace in life).
Keep your heart with all diligence. Those who have their minds stayed on Jesus-who He is and who we are in Him-God will keep in perfect peace. So do not allow fear and unbelief into your heart. It is a sacred place. You alone have the power to stay at peace. Jesus gave you peace and not fear. If you have been lacking peace and stillness in your soul, simply ask God for it. Receive it by faith. Walk-in it. And don’t let it go for anything.
2 Chronicles 2:17,
Psalm 34:14, Proverbs 4:23,
Isaiah 26:3, John 14:27,
Romans 5:1, Romans 12:18,
Ephesians 6:13, 2 Corinthians
13:11, Philippians 4:9.