Stillness is the Best Strategy
What do you do when conflict come?
Do you fight back and try to handle the conflict on your own?
In most cases our natural inclination is to fight back. But those who walk with God are challenged to choose another alternative – stillness.
What does stillness have to do with conflict?
When facing conflict, stillness has several implications that can be helpful in remaining calm and poised.
Firstly, stillness is a state of calmness, silence and hush. It’s very easy to react impulsively and rashly when faced with conflict. When you are feeling overwhelmed with anger or panic, this is a good time to connect with God in prayer.
Prayer will take the edge off and bring your reactions under control even to the point of silence. “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven” (Psalm 107:28-30).
Secondly, stillness is a form of waiting. Waiting calms your thoughts and mind. And if you wait long enough you will gain a clearer perspective on the situation.
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).
Thirdly, stillness is having faith in the peace that’s coming. “Those who trust in the Lord will find perfect peace” (Isaiah 26:3). And their security is in what they believe rather than the conflict they are faced with.
My friend, no matter how hard you may try, conflict is surely to come. So please keep in mind, when it does come, remember to remain CALM and let God fight for you.
“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14).
Carolyn Crow is a contributing writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org