The Four Most Devastating Words 1 Kings 22:3

“And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria?”

“And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria?”

Idleness and procrastination have destroyed more potential than anything that Satan could throw against the believer. Many believers have been idle when they should have been productive. Many believers and leaders have put off something that they should have been diligent to do, only to see what they put off destroy their potential and ability to prosper.

Jehoshaphat realized this when he came to Ahab to discuss the treaty that Ahab had made with Syria. 1 Kings 20:34 describes this treaty when it says, “And Benhadad said unto him, The cities, which my father took from thy father, I will restore; and thou shalt make streets for thee in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will send thee away with this covenant. So he made a covenant with him, and sent him away.” Jehoshaphat knew about this treaty and reminded Ahab about it. He said to Ahab, “…Ramoth in Gilead is ours…” But, I want you to notice the four most devastating words, “…and we be still…” That treaty meant nothing as long as they were still. They had to rise and take the city because the city belonged to them.

My friend, the most devastating words to your Christian walk is, “and we be still.” Nothing will cause you to miss the blessings that God has for you like procrastination and idleness. You cannot win people to Christ when you are still. You cannot achieve acts of faith when you are still. You cannot build a great Sunday school class or bus route when you are still. It doesn't matter what your excuse is; nothing will ever be done for Christ when you are still.

Moreover, the works of faith will never be realized when you are still. It is not that God won't do great works today or that He cannot do great works today; it is that God’s people are still, which keeps God from doing the great works that He desires to do. Every great work of faith started when someone got up from being still. The lepers came across the spoils of the Syrians when they rose up from sitting to see if they could get something to eat.

The only thing that stands between you and great accomplishment is getting up to do something. As long as you are idle, what God wants you to do will be kept from you. God uses people to do His work, but those works are never accomplished when people are still. You have to realize that the longer you are still, the more time you waste that God could have used to build the great work through you. You cannot take back the idle time of sitting that God could have used to build a great work through you.

Let me ask you, what is it today that you have set aside? Has the difficulty of the task been the excuse you used to be still? Has the magnitude of the task kept you from rising up? God has something for you to do today, but as long as you are still, it will never be done. There are people who would get saved, but as long as you are still, they will never hear the Gospel of Christ. There are bus routes that could be built, but as long as you sit still, those bus routes won't be built. There are children or adults that you could reach to build a Sunday school class, but they won't be reached until you rise up to reach them. Don't let the words “and we be still” be the words that mark your life.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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