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Finding Tranquility Within: Exploring Bible Verses about Being Still

Finding Tranquility Within: Exploring Bible Verses about Being Still

In April 2023, my mother passed away. In her last words to me, she encouraged me to be still, get some rest, and take care of myself.

While I knew I would benefit from meditating on Bible verses about losing a parent," I also decided to to spend time studying Bible verse about being still.

The word "still" has many meanings. In the biblical sense, it means to stop and relax, to trust in God's presence and power.

Being still is a process, especially when we are constantly on the move, putting everyone else's needs before our own, and even before God's at times.

In learning to be still and find some peace and comfort, I turn to God. The lyrics to Whitney Houston's song "I Look to You" ring out in my head:

I look to You When I'm feeling lost When I'm all alone And I can't find my way

When I am going through difficult times, God always gives me a word or song to remind me of who He is.

Below I would like to encourage you on your journey to be still by exploring several key scriptures on being still. 

13 Bible Verses About Being Still

In the midst of life's constant whirlwind, finding stillness can seem like an elusive goal. However, the Bible offers us profound guidance on the art of being still. Let's dive into 13 powerful verses that remind us of the importance of finding tranquility in our faith journey:

Exodus 14:14 (NIV)

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Explanation-My grandfather's wisdom: "In justification, God fightsBe still quote by Charlene Hawkins Like this content on facebook for me; in sanctification, He fights in me." Exodus 14:14 reinforces this truth – God is our warrior. In life's trials, we trust that He's at work behind the scenes.

Consider the Israelites, trapped between the Red Sea and the Egyptian army. Outnumbered and powerless, God intervened. He told them to be still, promising to fight for them. The Red Sea miraculously parted, and their oppressors were defeated, revealing God's mighty power.

Today, Exodus 14:14 remains relevant. It reminds us of God's sovereignty, offering hope during trials. We can release worries and fears, finding peace in God's care. In stillness, we experience His profound peace that defies understanding.

Zechariah 2:13 (NIV)

Be still before the LORD, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.

Explanation - This verse, Zechariah 2:13, reminds us to pause and reflect in the presence of the Lord. It emphasizes God's active role in our lives even during life's challenges and emotional moments.

For example, the first time my mother was admitted to the hospital God reminded me to stop looking at what was in front of me and remember that he is the God that heal (Exodus 15:26) and that when I came to Him; He will come to me (James 4:8-9); Psalm 32:7 reminded me that He is my hiding place continue to turn to Him.

Nehemiah 8:11 (NIV)

The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.

Explanation: This verse, Nehemiah 8:11 (NIV), encourages us to remain still and remember that God is sovereign over all. It speaks of a time when the Israelites were mourning the captivity of Jerusalem and the destruction of their beloved holy temple. The Levites comforted them with a reminder to be still before the Lord, despite their sorrows.

In much the same way, we can draw strength and comfort during challenging times by remembering that the Lord God is in control. We can wait quietly for Him to bless us with His perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3) and stand firm in faith (Philippians 4:7).

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Psalm 4:4 (NKJV)

Be angry, and do not sin.
Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah

Explanation:his verse, Psalm 4:4 (NKJV), reminds us to take a moment of stillness when we are feeling troubled or angry. It speaks of the need to meditate and consider our thoughts and feelings before taking action.

We can look to Christ Jesus in this regard; despite His own suffering He remained calm and gentle (Isaiah 53:7). His perfect example of a quiet spirit (1 Peter 3:4) is something we should strive to emulate.

We can also look to the example of Mary, Jesus' sister, who was praised for her faithful and gentle demeanour (Luke 10:42). By learning from her precious fruit of humility and obedience, we too can remain still before the Lord and truly find our souls at peace.

Psalm 37:7 (NIV)

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.

Explanation: Waiting patiently is a challenge all in itself, reason being is we live in this microwave world where things and life has been turned upside down and we want things done now, however that is not the case with God, He does not work on our time but yet He is always on time… the definition of wait is stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens. So as we learn to be patient in our waiting we become victorious by trusting, delighting being committed and resting in the facts that God know what's best so be patient and continue to be still while the Holy Spirit is at work on our behalf.

Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

Explanation: Psalm 46:10 is a reflection of trust and confidence in God's sovereignty and power, even in the face of a tumultuous and uncertain world. The call to "be still" is an invitation to find peace and reassurance in God's presence and a reminder that He will ultimately be exalted and glorified among all nations and in all the earth.

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Ruth 3:18 (NKJV)

Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.”

Explanation: There are times in life (unemployment, sickness, and death) when we maybe uncertain about the path we should take and what to do about it… just as Naomi instructed Ruth, to sit still, we need to do the same. In other words don’t make a move without seek God.
This verse is a reminder that it’s time to sit down and allow God to work it out because He can handle the matter much better than we can, so continue to trust in Him knowing that His plan is much better than anything we can think of.

Mark 4:39 (NIV)

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

Explanation: Jesus, in this particular passage of scripture demonstrates the power that is held within His word. The winds and waves were raging, yet Jesus spoke those simple words and immediately there was peace in the situation. In a similar way, we too can access this same type of power by speaking God's word over our lives and situations.

When confusion abounds, we can be still while trusting that God will be the one to settle it. The Lord is in control and He wants us to call on Him for guidance, so when we do, His voice of peace will be heard above any storm or waves. So stand firm and know that He will bring perfect peace into our lives as we wait quietly upon Him. And just like Jesus did in this passage, He will calm the storm around us. God bless!

2 Kings 2:3, 5 (NASB, 1995)

Then the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over you today?” And he said, “Yes, I know; be still.”

Explanation: When Elijah was ready to be taken up to heaven, his protégé Elisha knew that this momentous event would come to pass. In response to the prophets who asked him if he was aware of what was about to happen, Elisha chose not to move or react and instead uttered the words “Be still” - in other words, remain calm and trust in the Lord.

We too can be encouraged by this story to remember that no matter how much our world may be in chaos, we can take a lesson from Elisha and choose to remain at peace as we accept God's will for our lives. We should also remember that although Elijah was being taken away, his departure would not mark the end of his mission, as God promised to fill Elisha with a double portion of his spirit and aid him in continuing the work.

When faced with unexpected changes or difficulties, it is our responsibility to remain gentle and quiet in spirit even when things don't go as planned. We must trust that we are also being taken care of by our Lord Jesus Christ - just like how a sister called Mary was taken care of when she received the precious fruit of Jesus Christ. Truly, we can be sure that God is with us always and that we will receive every blessing He has in store for those who wait quietly upon Him.

Psalm 83:1 (ESV)

God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God.

Explanation: This verse from Psalm 83 reminds us that when feeling uncertain, we should not remain silent or be content to just wait passively for things to change. Instead, we should focus our energy on standing firm and trusting in the Lord's guidance - even if it means actively engaging with difficult situations and seeking His will for our lives.

We should remember that no matter how much we may feel overwhelmed, God has promised to bless those who wait quietly upon Him and He will not leave us alone. In the end, we can be sure that our lives will be filled with perfect peace if we commit ourselves to seeking His guidance through prayer and faith.

Psalm 107:29 (ESV)

He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.

Explanation: This verse reminds us that no matter how chaotic or overwhelming the situation may seem, God is always in control. He can bring the storms and chaos of life to a halt with just one word. Even if we find ourselves surrounded by fierce winds and waves, we must remember to put our trust in the Lord's power and His promise to protect His people.

When facing life's storms, we must remain calm and have a gentle and quiet spirit. It is by basking in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ that we will find perfect peace - no matter how dark or turbulent the situation may seem. We can rest assured that nothing can ever separate us from His presence, and with Him, all things are possible.

Jeremiah 47:6 (NIV)

Alas, sword of the LORD, how long till you rest. Return to your sheath; cease and be still.

Explanation: This passage encourages us to look to the Lord and wait quietly for Him to act. We should remember that He works in His perfect timing and will never leave us alone. In times of trouble, we can be confident that God is with us and will bless those who wait faithfully upon Him.

In the gospel of Luke, we find a beautiful story of a sister called Mary who chose to serve the Lord by sitting at His feet and listening attentively. By seeking His presence, Mary received the precious fruit of understanding as she listened to His teachings. In a similar way, we too can receive this same blessing if we take the time to seek Him.

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Zechariah 2:12, 13 (NIV)

The LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem. Be still before the LORD, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.

Explanation: These being still scriptures reminds us to stand firm in faith and wait quietly on the Lord. When we submit ourselves to His will, we will be rewarded with true peace that surpasses all understanding.

We can take comfort knowing that Jesus Christ is our ultimate protector and provider. He knows what is best for us, and seeks to bring us closer to Him through every season of life. He will not fail us and will always provide a way out of any difficulty. Therefore, we should trust Him with all our hearts and surrender ourselves to His perfect plan. God bless those who have a gentle and quiet spirit, for they shall find true peace in the Lord Jesus Christ!

Final Thoughts on Bible Verses about Being Still

In our day to day routine being still is not always easy… but know this we don’t need a lot of time. Just as taking a catnap brings us back to being alert… setting aside time for God will restore out soul and bring peace on this journey called life. Being still means to steal away to a quite place where you can rest in the presence of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, where you can meditate on His word and pray without interruption.

Being still is to put God first by acknowledging Him in all that we do slow down, pause, rest and reflect not only on what’s going on in our life but all that’s around us, we must take time to smell the roses or coffee in other words enjoying all that God created in doing this we make God the head and not the tail. Be Still and Know that I am God.

We have also identified several resources to help and encourage you on your journey to be Still before the Lord God Almighty.  

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About the Author: 

Charlene T. Sydnor Hawkins, a dedicated minister and believer, hailing from Charlene T. Sydnor Hawkins sitting down Danville, Virginia, has journeyed through life with unwavering trust in the Lord. Born on August 6, she is a loving wife, proud mother of six, grandmother of twelve, and great-grandmother of seven. With a profound passion for spreading the Word of God, Minister Hawkins has sung in the gospel choir, taught Sunday school, and served as the Chaplain of the Women's Ministry at Olive Branch Baptist Church, Portsmouth, VA. As she continues her educational journey in Theology, she remains resolute in her mission to lead others to Christ and find joy in His presence. Amen.

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