Be Still!

And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. I Kings 19:11-12

Decisions, decisions, decisions. I had a fast approaching deadline and I had to make a decision soon. I didn’t have a clue as to what choice I should make before that deadline.

I prayed and prayed for God to help me determine the best option but all I heard was silence. I prayed, I contemplated my options, and I prayed again, but nothing.

This was a decision that only the Lord could answer for me. I tried finishing my projects at work but all I managed to do was stare blankly at the desk and computer.

I prayed some more. He was going to provide the answer, I just didn’t know how or when.

I rose up from my desk to take a walk around the building to clear my head. As I walked back to my office, the Lord gave me the encouragement I needed.

Here’s what He told me:

Be still, and know that I am God…Psalm 46:10

I was surrounded with the noise of my daily activities that I forgot that God sometimes answers in a still small voice (see I Kings 19:11-12 above).

My hyperactive prayers for an answer were more like ranting demands on the Lord. All He wanted was for me to be still so I could hear the answer He had for me.

And it was in this quietness with my Savior that my mind began to clear and I saw the insignificance of the indecision I was dealing with and recognized God’s magnificence.

Immediately the answer came and the decision was settled. Halleluiah!

All I had to do was be still.

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