Psalm 46:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 Be still, and know that I am God:
At this moment in time, being still can have a negative connotation. It can mean: you are callous, complacent, ignorant, out of touch, and perhaps tone-deaf. If you choose to refrain from posting on social media, then you are labeled as insensitive, among other labels.
I was on a hiatus from Instagram since Passover as I wanted to study the book of Acts before Pentecost. When I came back and logged into Instagram, I saw quite a bit of messages attacking a Kenyan influencer who hadn’t posted about a local issue. It was like a witch-hunt, and they went hard, real hard on her. Some called her to re-evaluate her very EXISTENCE here on earth. Others said she isn’t using her platform well. Others called her privileged, and so on. All because she didn’t post. One hour later, she posted it. Was she pressured into posting? I have no idea. Was she disingenuous by posting? No clue. Did she just want to get all those people off her back? Again, I don’t know.
One thing I know for sure is that the world today recognizes being loud, visible, and constant on social media as an accurate measure of being in touch with what’s happening. If you don’t post, that means you don’t care. That means you are part of the problem. I am here to tell someone something quite contrary to what everyone is doing- it’s OK to BE STILL!
Being still is something I hold dear in my life. I have various verses plastered in my home that serves as a personal reminder. What it tells me is I should look to God first, before the world. Being still means turning your ears to God so that you can LISTEN. It means turning your heart to God so that you can be receptive to his word as well as the Spirit! Being still is far from being passive; to me, it means being ACTIVE in the presence of God and actively seeking him, earnestly reflecting and processing what is going on.
I believe that God will have people deal with a situation differently. For some, he will send to the front lines and position them for public battle. For some, he will deal with them privately, in their act of “being still.” He may ask you to do the following:
- Listen to sound doctrine that educates you.
- Read the word of God about that issue as God reveals his heart on the matter.
- Pray about the situation and possibly intercede for the ones in the front line.
- Log off social media and deal with past hurt that may arise from an issue.
- Shift your perspective in a radical way.
When you are in doubt about a situation, it’s OK to shut your mouth and open your ears. It’s OK to listen to conversations, podcasts, etc. before you formulate an opinion. Test every spirit and try to discern the heart of God in EVERYTHING. Have private conversations with people who are subject matter experts as well as a neighbor who is probably afflicted by that very issue. Again, it’s OK to be STILL.
For some people, the topic can conjure deep emotions that require pulling away from a public stance. You may need to seek professional help through a licensed professional, be it in church or otherwise. I don’t think God would ever send a wounded soldier to the front lines to fight when they are weak and need to be STILL.
All in all, my post was just a reminder to let you know; your being STILL may not be popular at this moment…but if God is asking you to deal with this in a different way than what is deemed popular…it’s OK! Your being STILL doesn’t express deafening silence but rather a DEFINING time in your life. We are all different, and God will ask us to use our gifts DIFFERENTLY, and he may work on our hearts differently, too.
Lastly, I was looking for the Hebrew translation of “STILL.” I found a 2012 Facebook post from a ministry called Shorashim that defined this brilliantly. I have also embedded the post too. Here we go:
Made of Still