Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Difference between "being still" and "standing still"

What is the difference between "being still" and "standing still"?

Can a human being really be still? We are alive - we are active even when not moving - we blink, we think, our heart beats, blood is flowing. . . . .

Don't have the answer to that question just pondering it? Actually I do know we can "BE STILL" because I do not believe God would instruct us to do something that we could not do.

And in scripture we are told to "BE STILL".

Just pondering -

Habakkuk 3:11
Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lighting of your flashing spear.
(My note: the effect is first mentioned and then the cause)

Ezekiel 10:17
When the cherubim stood still, they (4 wheels) also stood still; and when the cherubim rose, they rose with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in them.
(My note: cause then effect)

Ezekiel 1:24
When the creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings, like the roar of rushing waters, like the voice of the Almighty, like the tumult of an army. When they stood still, they lowered their wings.
(My note: The sounds of the first sentence are excited. The sounds of the second sentence are quiet)

Ezekiel 1:21
When the creatures moved, they (wheels) also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
(My note: cause first then effect)

The Hebrew word "amad" (6641) leads to 522, 5096, 5097, 6642, 6643, 6644, 6647

Alot of meanings, I will bold the ones that stood out to me:
to cause to stand, present (be there), be caused to stand, stopped, appointed, stationed, stay, stop, assigned, endure, put in place, set, stayed, remains, stand firm, came to a halt, propped up, protect, resist, stayed behind, take stand, unchanged, wait, emerge, enduring, gives stability, gives way, halt, joined together, keep on, leave alone, linger, making strong, on duty, occupied, pillar, post, put in charge, rebuilding, repair, resist, resisted, rise up, serve, stand the strain, stared with a fixed gaze, stood waiting, surviving, to feet, uphold.

Sometimes in life we have "to cause" ourselves "to stand" for God.
Sometimes we just have to be "present" with God.
Sometimes we are "appointed" to a task by God.
Sometimes we are "assigned" to a job by God. (Like being appointed but appointed has a happier sound to me than being assigned.)
Sometimes we need to "linger" where God has placed us.
Sometimes we are "on duty" because it is our turn for whatever.
Sometimes we are the "pillar" in a situation for our Lord and Savior.
Sometimes we are in a "rebuilding" period with God.
Sometimes we just have to "stand the strain" with God by our sides.
Sometimes we are just "surviving" by waiting on the LORD.

Still just pondering the difference between "being still" and "standing still".

Have a wonderful day pondering along with the Holy Spirit.

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