In Numbers 9:8, Moses said to the Israelites, “Stand still, and I will hear what the Lord will command concerning you.” The Lord told Job to “stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God” (Job 37:14). Both of these are examples of men who learned the tremendous principle in the Word of God about divine quietness.
The child of God must not give in to fleshly activity. This stems from unbelief, which always magnifies difficulties and creates an atmosphere of haste. It is vital for believers to learn not to let their emotions govern their actions. In the most difficult trial, God would say, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). The believer receives divine enablement to do this when he puts on the mind of Christ (2) through the intake of the Word of God. Christians gain nothing by restless, anxious effort. The flesh cannot study to be quiet.
Faith is the only means to raise the soul to God’s standards, provisions, and life. How does faith come? It “comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). Through the precious promises in His Word, God Himself enables us to stand still. When unbelief is driven from the scene, God enters in with quietness to give us rest.