STUDY TO BE QUIET HOME
"...And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you." 1 Thessalonians 4:11
The Bible is a living instruction manual, if you will. Written by men, but inspired of God. Written by a living God who is a real person with ears that can hear, eyes that can see, hands that can hold and a heart that can feel. We are made in His image, so He is not made just like us...we are made just like Him. He was there first. He is all powerful, and He doesn't need us. None of us have lived over a hundred years...He has lived forever---backwards and forwards. One of the most valuable things that we can do for God is just to get out of His way. And to be quiet. Just hold still--and be quiet.
When God did great miracles in the past, He used men, but most of the time, their part was to do simple things. Moses held a staff up but God parted the waters.
"And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. Exodus 14:13-17
God does the hard stuff, so why do we worry about every little thing. Why are we all so anxious all the time about everything? Instead of worrying, we should rejoice that we have a God that is near when we need Him.
Philippians 4:4-9 says, "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." NIV
What is the saying? "Let go, and let God." We are straining at things we don't have the power to move. We are trying to win the battle ourselves, when there is no need. We simply need to stand back, hold still, be quiet and see the salvation of God.
2 Chronicles 20:15,17 is set during a time when Israel was yet once again surrounded by her enemies...it looked bad for them, but this was the message from God to Israel,
"...be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's....Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD.
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Study to be Quiet 2007