For quite awhile I have been doing a word study on "still". I pulled out my "Strongest NIV Exhaustive Concordance" and chose 23 verses to study. Out of the 23 verses I found 1 Greek word and 12 Hebrew words for "still". Twenty-seven definitions struck a cord with me and one verse just stuck with me.
I am just following the lead of the Holy Spirit completely on this one and just needed some place besides my notebook to jot down/write down what I am learning. I will do it here. I would love to hear what anyone thinks of what I write down. I need to hear if I am going off on a wrong path, I want to know if you hear the Holy Spirit saying something new to you about being "still", and I just want to learn how to be truly "still" and know He is God.
He (Jesus) got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
The word rebuked (epitimao) means to warn, gave orders, said sternly, strictly warned.
That word jumped out at me. Jesus rebuked the wind. Jesus said to the waves. I saw a difference here.
I don't know what words Jesus used to rebuke the waves but he warned, he gave orders, he said sternly, he strictly warned.
Jesus said (I didn't look up this word - might need to do that) to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!". STILL here is the Greek word phimoo (5821). It means to muzzle; to silence; to be quiet: -quiet; muzzle; silence talk, silenced, speechless,still.
As I studied my thoughts turned to Cause and Effect. The wind being the cause and the waves being the effect. It was the first time I thought about having to think about the cause of needing to be still. Hope that makes sense. What is causing me to be in a situation that the Holy Spirit needs to tell me to BE STILL? It made the word, STILL, active to me. Being still has always been a stopping, a ceasing of something. I know it is that but to "Be Still" I have to make a choice.
CAUSE AND EFFECT.
The two words that jumped out at me from the definition of phimoo were: muzzle and silence talk. Silence talk has played in my head over the past month or two. Last week I read in Psalm 39:2-3
But when I was silent and still,
not even saying anything good,
my anguish increased.
My heart grew hot within me,
and as I meditated, the fire burned;
then I spoke with my tongue:
What spoke to me was that David did not SILENCE TALK. He didn't speak out loud but he did continue to speak in his heart. He meditated on whatever was going on in his life at that time and when meditated long enough he spoke with HIS tongue. He didn't speak God's word at that time, he spoke HIS word.
How many times do I silence my actual speech but I do not silence my heart? I've been chewing on that. When I start meditating on a situation and getting all hot and bothered I have been trying to turn to God recalling Psalm 46:10 and Psalm 39:2-3.
That's all the time I have. Hope to hear from someone.