Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”( NKJV) I used to think that the “be still” part was talking about our meditative state, getting our minds quieted so that we could hear from God. That may still be true, but for me lately, the Lord has shown me that the “be still” part means don’t do anything…wait.
My Streams in the Desert recently stated, “Often there is nothing as Godly as inactivity on our part.” When David was moving the Ark of the Covenant (2 Samuel 6), they put it on a new cart. When the oxen stumbled, Uzzah put out his hand and touched the Ark to steady it. He had the best of intentions, but God struck him down because of His irreverent act and he died right there by the Ark.
Sometimes we have the best of intentions and try to handle things our way when all we need to do is just “be still” and KNOW that He IS God. He is more powerful that all our circumstances. He can take care of any problem that we face…let Him. Continue fervent in prayer and be sure your direction comes from him and not your own well-meaning intentions, which may not be in line with what the Lord has planned.
If you are going through a valley, I highly recommend the devotional book, Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings by L.B. Cowman. It was updated by Jim Reimann, who also updated My Utmost for His Highest: Value Edition. It is published by Zondervan.