When watching Karate Kid 2010, I was struck by a quote. "Being Still and Doing Nothing are two very different things." Such a concept that we as Christians can apply. The Word says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10 NIV.
Often times, I think God needs a little help in getting through to someone, so I interject my thoughts. The key word here is, "my." It sure messes things up when I get in the way of God doing His thing. Yes, there are times when I am to speak, but many that I must be silent and still. Prophecy in the wrong timing is sometimes even dangerous. One way for me to be still is to keep my lips quiet as God does the ministering.
I have noticed that a moment of silence sometimes can be the most uncomfortable of times. Who will break the silence? How long will the silence last? What is that in my pocket? Oh crud, I spilled something on my shirt. Who just coughed? - So many things get in the way of our quiet and still time.
Another way that I "help" God is in the way Abraham and Sarah did in Genesis. They created a nation that really has shaken the world. I know that God promised this thing and so if I just do something, it will speed Him along. He doesn't need my activity to make His way come to pass. I wasn't there at the beginning of time. I didn't see how He separated the water from the land and cannot see where He stores the snow. All He needs to do to make something happen is speak.
His reckoning of time is not the same as mine either. His timing is perfect. When He tells me to be still in something I must obey. How long? As long as it takes. He will take care of all things in His time.
Being still, when ordained by Father, is right and will bring about the display of who He is. It should not be confused with complacency or doing nothing. Turning a deaf ear or a blind eye will not accomplish His purpose either. As a matter of fact, much of what He does is through His creation. This is by His design.
A challenge is to know when it is time to be still and let Him be I AM, versus doing nothing when He is calling me to move. He is excellent and His ways are perfect. I need to learn to hear His voice and work on obedience. In this I can reflect Him better.