Let’s take a look at this Scripture.
(1) ‘Be still’. Activity born out of anxiety actually prevents God from showing Himself strong on your behalf. That doesn’t mean you can be passive or lazy; it means doing what God leads you to do without running ahead of Him. It means submitting to Him by slowing down and waiting. Why? To make sure you have a sense of peace to go along with the ideas you believe He’s giving you (see Colossians 3:15). Ask Him to reveal His will; then ‘be still’, acknowledge that He’s in charge and He knows what He’s doing.
(2) ‘Know that I am God’. This means acknowledging that you are not God! When you don’t obey God, consult Him, or recognise His timing, you remove Him from the throne of your life and end up trying to take His place. And you know how well that works, right? We hear a lot about goal-setting and vision. And it’s a Scriptural principle, for ‘where there is no vision, the people perish.’ (Proverbs 29:18 KJV)
But the Bible also says, ‘The vision is yet for an appointed time… Though it tarries, wait for it.’ (Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV) You’ll never fulfil your vision without the help of the One who gave it to you. Nineteenth-century American clergyman Henry Ward Beecher said, ‘The strength of a man consists in finding out the way God is going, and going that way.’ Remember, there’s no time lost in waiting if you’re waiting on the Lord. So don’t let a ‘how to’ seminar or a ‘type A personality’ stampede you into getting ahead of God, or attempting to forge ahead under your own steam.