Learning to Keep Faith While Being Still

For the past week or so, God has placed on my heart Psalms 46:10: "Be still and know that I am God." To give you some context, I recently decided to resign from my managerial position at work. The job was too stressful, and I knew I didn't want to deal with it while I was in school. So I stepped down.


This would mean less pay and fewer hours, which wouldn't be an issue if a girl also had fewer bills to pay. To solve this problem, I decided to go job hunting. I figured it was time for something new anyways. Though every time I would try and search for jobs, I would grow frustrated. I mean, really frustrated.


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Eventually, I sat down and prayed, and Psalms 46:10 was the verse He gave me. At first, I was filled with peace as I thought: "God got me and He is the greatest provider. There is nothing too big for God, so if He is telling me to sit still, then I'm gonna sit still." At least that's what I told myself the first few days. By day four, yes, day four, I was restless. I didn't know being still could be so hard.


The urge to take things into my own hands was great. I didn't want to sit around doing nothing as I waited for God to speak to me again. So I started job hunting again and got frustrated...again. I knew my frustration was a sign I was moving without God, and I needed to follow and trust in what He wanted from me.


I turned back to praying.


I laid all of my worries and doubts at His feet. He reminded me that He knows all my needs and will care for me (Luke 12:27-28). He also reminded me that I needed to have faith in Him and not in this world.


Even though I still can not see the light at the end of the tunnel regarding this job situation, I know God is working in my favor.


Whenever you are growing frustrated with waiting for God to speak into the next steps of your life, do these things:


  1. Pray- "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6-7

  2. Read the Word- "Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ." -Romans 10:17

  3. Stay Patient- "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." -Psalm 27:14

  4. Keep your faith in Him, not in your circumstances- "These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed." -1 Peter 1:7

While those steps are easier said than done, know that He is always with you. You just need to call on Him.