“”Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!””
Psalms 46:10 ESV
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
Matthew 28:19 ESV
Why are we commanded to be still and also to go? There are times when God may say to us one or the other. The point of each command is obedience. God isn’t in need of us but wants us to join Him in the work being accomplished. However this work is accomplished through our obedience.
Why be still? We can become so consumed by the working or distraught by our lack of faith that we must be still and let God be God. God has not only placed a very high priority on Sabbath and rest but also on being still to allow our faith to be completely in Him for our provision.
There are times when we become so gung-ho and forget that it is God doing the work and not us. God is always the One empowering the success of His kingdom work. Thus God may say “be still” so that we too may recalibrate to see His hand at work. When we stop and still ourselves we open the path for God to continue working and our worship of Him grows.
Why “Go”? Some may be hesitant and reluctant to “go”, finding themselves tethered to earthly passions and loves. The Lord gives the command to “go” because of all the things that tend to hold us back: fear, comfort or security. God wants to be those things to us alone. It is only in going that we realize how abundant life is in trusting God to be our supply and security. When we go we step out in faith and God proves Himself over and over again
God isn’t fickle as we are. God has simply asked us to travel with Him. This journey, like driving through town is full of starts and stops. The thing we must do is pay attention to the signs we see and act accordingly.
What is God saying to you: be still or go?
How do you need to practice obedience today?
What does your lack of being still or lack of going reveal?