Waiting, being still what is the difference?
Remember that our modern English words don’t necessary translate nicely with Hebrew words. Wait and being still are two words/phrases that can have several meanings and depending on your favorite translation of the Bible a verse may read different ways. Wait can also mean hope so it will help how you view a passage if you look it up in your concordance. “Being still” also has several meanings so if you find a verse you like check it out and see how it adds to your understanding.
Sometimes the Hebrew word for “still” can also be translated “wait.” That is why the Amplified Bible can be helpful, it will give alternate meanings to words. Anyway here are some different verses and there “be still’s.”
To “Be Still” means to stand one’s ground, confront, to stand before as in: I Samuel 12:16 – Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes! (rain at wheat harvest when Israel wanted a king)
Exodus 14:14 – Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.
To “Be Still” means to be still, silent, to rest as in: Psalm 4:4 + 5 – In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord.
Habakkuk 2:20 – But the Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him.
Jeremiah 23:18 – 22 Who has listened and heard His word? …. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed My words to My people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.
To “Be Still” means to be quiet, hush or come to silence as in: Nehemiah 8: 10 + 11 – Do not grieve for the joy of the Lord is your strength. The Levites calmed all the people, saying, ”Be still for this is a sacred day. Do not grieve.
Zechariah 2:13 – Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from His holy dwelling.
To “Be Still” means to be feeble, weakened, faint as in: Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I AM God. “Know” is yada it means knowing by observing and reflecting on things or by experiencing it.
In any of its meanings for me to be still is very hard; I try, sometimes I can do it many times I don’t. For me anyway this is not meditation or musing over a thought this is just standing/sitting still and quite before God. If you can really reach a time of being still you may find yourself like Oral Roberts in his book The Ultimate Voice (p. 101), “There was no moving of my physical body, only the wild beating of my heart.”
All verses are NIV.