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Be Still
by Sarah Nwandu
05/30/14
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“Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.” - 2 Chronicles 20:17
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The Lord spoke to Jehoshaphat as he cried unto the Most High to deliver him and his people from the hand of their enemies. And when God answered, He told them to do something strange and unexpected. He told them to stand still, “...stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem...” [2 Chronicles 20:17]. To a human being hearing such a word, it may have felt as though God did not see the magnitude of opposition facing them, yet the Lord knew but still told the people, “Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still...” [2 Chronicles 20:17a].

Stillness in the face of turbulence is oftentimes easier said than done. As humans, the immediate response to issues is to move into motion, do something, say something, think something. Our senses go into overdrive as we try to immediately ‘act’ our way into a solution. But there is power in being still, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” [Psalm 46:10]. The knowledge that there is a God we have in Heaven, the knowledge that He is the Supreme God who is the creator of all plants in stillness and calmness within. For it is calmness in the face of chaos that is the character of conquerors.

Sometimes, situations we encounter may be worsened partly due to us trying ‘fight’ our own way through. Being still means we take the matter to God and leave it there. Neither do we seek other alternatives, or begin to panic or become fearful or seek hasty solutions, “Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” [Isaiah 28:16]. It could be that just as Jehoshaphat cried unto the Lord, we have also been believing God for something. Let us keep believing the Lord with stillness and quietness within, “Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you...” [2 Chronicles 20:17].

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