“For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,”
It is easy to become critical of Job in some of his responses while he was going through the greatest trial of his life. Though we can certainly empathize with his grief and not quite understand everything he was going through, we can still learn how to face trials from what he says. One of the foolish things Job said was that he should have “lain still and been quiet.” Job certainly enjoyed the blessings of God before heartache struck his life, and it was the act of not lying still that helped him to obtain those blessings. Running and hiding from his problems was not the answer to obtaining God’s blessings again. Lying still would do nothing to turn his life around. Though the temptation in trials is to lie still and hibernate from your problems, it will not change what you are going through. Let me give you several thoughts of caution about not lying still in hard times.
First, you can’t do anything for God when you are lying still. Activity is the only way to get God’s blessings on your life. You cannot obtain His blessings when you are lying still doing nothing. When heartache comes, the best thing you can do is to continue serving the LORD. You can’t change the heartache that has come in your life, but you can obtain God’s blessings through continuing to serve God in heartache. You cannot turn your life situation around by lying still and hibernating in times of trials or heartache.
Second, there is no victory in lying still. Victory will flee your life when you choose to sit still and hibernate in your problems. You’ve enjoyed victory in the past because of actively serving the LORD, and you will only experience victory in the future by continuing to serve the LORD in spite of your trials and heartache.
Third, there is no pleasure of overcoming in lying still. There is something about knowing that you overcame something when you look back at how hard it was to overcome. When you face heartaches and trials, you would be wise to find a way to overcome them. Hibernating or lying still in a time of heartache or trial has never helped one person to have the pleasure of overcoming. If you are ever going to have the pleasure of knowing you overcame whatever you are facing today, you are going to have to rise up and face your heartache and trials. You never overcome any trial by sitting and sulking.
Fourth, there is no hand of God upon you in lying still. There is no need for God to place His hand on you to use you if you are going to sit still. You can sit still on your own strength. God puts His hand on those who choose to rise and do something for Him despite the heartaches they face. Those whom God has used the greatest are those who found a way to continue in the heartache despite what they faced.
My friend, you can run and hide from your hard times, or you can get up and face your heartaches and trials and figure out a way with God’s help to overcome them. You can’t let the hardships of life cause you to lie still. Though going into hibernation may seem like the best answer, you will find that there is no joy in life when you run and hide from your problems.
What is it that you are hiding from today? Let me encourage you to get up and do something for God; it is only when you rise up that you will find God’s blessings again.