Sometimes God calls us to action. Then sometimes He calls us to do nothing but be still and let God be God. Has anyone besides me ever felt overwhelmed and didn’t know what to do? It seemed as if the enemy was coming from all sides. And to make matters worse you felt helpless and inadequate because all you could do is just stand there. I’m here to tell you that sometimes just standing is the best position in order for God to move. Ask me how I know. When we are helpless and depend on God and only God, He will fight our battles. As my Pastor said this morning, “we are on a battlefield, not a playground.” We are consistently in warfare, and we cannot win the battle ourselves. We. need. the. Lord.  

“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)

“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

“But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the LORD is with you!” (2 Chronicles 20:17)

When King Jehoshaphat and the small tribe of Judah were besieged on all fronts by three powerful and bloodthirsty armies rapidly advancing toward Jerusalem the king set himself to seek the Lord and pray with hope before all the assembly of Judah. It was then that the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel, who spoke the words of the Lord.  

“Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” (2 Chronicles 20:15,17)

“You shall not fear them, for it is the LORD your God who fights for you.” (Deuteronomy 3:22)

When hearing these words of hope, all Judah humbled themselves before the Lord, bowing before Him and worshiping Him. Standing still is not inactivity or doing nothing. It’s a posture of hope, and it involves keeping your hope secured on the person of Jesus and having a sure and confident expectation of good. While you are standing, pray. While you are standing, fast. While you are standing study the Word and focus on His promises. When the Pharaohs army were charging toward the children of Israel, ready to destroy them, Moses simply stood and declared to the terrified Israelites;

“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 today, ye shall see them again no more forever.” (Exodus 14:13)

When you are caught in what seems like a hopeless situation, learn to position yourself and stand. Be still. Allow Jesus to work on your behalf. When we center ourselves, our thoughts, our beliefs, and our hopes on Him, He will lead us concerning what to do. The Lord wants us to trust Him, to be obedient, to let Him fight our battle for us.

“through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:2)

“Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)

We do not have to live in fear and discouragement when we know that the battle is not ours, but the Lords. We can stand still and see the salvation of the Lord! Love and Blessings…

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Corinthians 15:57)


  1. Sister Curleen,
    What a powerful message! Thanks for teaching such a needed lesson. I needed to hear this. The LORD directed me a few days to read this post, but I was too engaged in a private pity party. Today, when I noticed irritability increasing I knew it was time to stop and tune into Emmanuel. I thank GOD for your friendship, insight and outstanding wisdom.

    Keep teaching and encouraging. I am definitely listening and taking heed by keeping constructively still.


    1. Thank you my Sister in Christ. God is so good, He knows what we need and when we need it! It is not easy being still, we feel we need to “do” something, but glory be to God He has done it all! Our job is to listen, be obedient, prepare, and get into position!
      “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

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  2. I was young but I remember Kenny Rogers had a song called The Gambler. And the lyrics were “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em.
    Know when to fold ’em.
    Know when to walk away.
    And know when to run.” Now this represents the secular version of be still. But we do have to have a relationship with Christ in order to know when to move and when to be still. And we have the Holy Spirit abiding in us to guide us in ” Knowing when to hold’ em, fold’em, walk away or run!”

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    1. I remember that song. I agree allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us is the key. It’s not easy being still but that’s where faith comes in, trusting and believing that even though we are still, God is moving on our behalf! Blesssings…


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