If you are a parent I know you have said this to your offspring on more than one occasion. You are trying to comb their hair or fasten a button or help pull a shirt over their head or a myriad of other circumstances and they simply will not stop squirming. In exasperation you finally say, “can you please just stand still for a second?” And even if you are not a parent, I am pretty sure I would not be overstepping if I were to comment that all of us heard this at least once when we were children!
Well God says pretty much that same thing in II Chronicles 20:17. “You do not have to fight this battle. Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. He is with you…Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.”
I love this passage because it is so very applicable to the wars of life we are sometimes called upon to wage. Obviously the context here was that the Lord was instructing Israel in regard to their behavior as well as attitudes for an actual physical battle while at the same time promising them if they would follow His guidance they would see how He would deliver and save them.
But this speaks amazingly to us today as we fight defeat of our faith, hopelessness, and fear in a variety of battles. It can be spiritual or emotional. Or a struggle of lack such as finances or health. It may be relationship issues. Or perhaps a situation where we just desperately need to see a change. Oh dear friend in all of these God says to us, “dear child hear Me—feel My presence—stop struggling. I have got this. Stand still for a moment and see My salvation.”
And do not miss the importance of the words, “position yourselves”. This indicates taking a stance from which we cannot be deterred—a stance of perseverance—of determination to be quiet before the Lord and absorb His promise of working it all out.
I have turned to this verse many times for admonition as well as encouragement. Admonition in telling me to position myself in God’s presence and to stand still so I can see Him at work—so I can see His salvation. Encouragement in that He promises to be with me so I do not need to be fearful or, even if this battle has been fought over a long exhausting period of time, I need not be discouraged. I can be assured that the nightmare will dissolve into daybreak. He will give me the strength to go out tomorrow and face whatever my challenges may be and to win a victory.
In closing I leave you with this very familiar verse found in Psalm 46:10. “Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God.” (Amplified)
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