I was studying the book of Ruth this morning and this verse made me stop and smile.
“Then she [Naomi] 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.”” Ruth 3:18.
This is the last verse of chapter 3 and chapter 4 is basically the conclusion to the matter Naomi was talking about.
How many times have we paced up and down, struggling to find out the outcome of a situation we have no control over? It doesn’t benefit us in any way. Sometimes we just have to sit still and wait. Everything worked out for Ruth because once she did all that was required of her, she sat and waited.
This academic year I’ve learnt the importance and value of stillness and I actively seek it whenever I can. Life is busy. It’s fast paced. It’s always moving but I take time to just stop, sit still and know that He is God. Several times I’ve heard the Holy Spirit say: Tee, stop stressing. We’ve got this.” and He doesn’t mean “we” as in Him and I. He means “we” as in the Trinity. I often find myself sitting on my bedroom floor in silence. Why? To relax, to meditate, to fellowship with my Creator, to put things into perspective, to listen, to worship, to pray, to release, to be renewed, to be restored, to feel at peace. There are so many things I gain from just sitting still and it’s in my stillness that God gets busy.
The second part of that verse says “the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day”. The thought of this amuses me slightly. I think of my husband running up and down doing all he can for our future while I’m just calmly sitting still on my bedroom floor. I know that God is working on my case so I don’t need to stress or be anxious and neither do you. The verse says that the man won’t rest until the issue is sorted. Psalm 121 says the Lord neither slumbers nor sleeps and that means even after He’s dealt with your case. God doesn’t need your help. Let Him handle it and just sit still.
Ladies, if you’re waiting for something, most of the time it is out of your hands. Nothing you do will speed up the result so sit still and enjoy peace. My peace is so important to me… incredibly important. I’m addicted to peace. I just have to have it. I am ready to fight if anything tries to take it from me. If I feel like something wants to steal my peace, what do I do? Yep, you guessed it. I sit still. I sit at the feet of the Prince of Peace who is seated at the right hand side of God. Even Jesus, with all the power He has, has to sit down so how much more you? Revelation 8 says that there was silence in heaven for half an hour when the seventh seal was opened. For the whole of heaven to be silent, you know something big is about to happen. When we are still, know that God is about to move.
I urge you ladies (and gents) to take time this week to just sit still. Don’t sit and tap your foot impatiently. Don’t sit and play with your fingers nervously. Don’t sit and look around the room absent-mindedly. Sit still, wait and the Lover of your soul will move on your behalf.