31 Scriptures about Being Still

Being still -- what a challenge for us today with our hurried schedules and responsibilities. But Oswald Chambers reminds us: 'The busyness of things obscures our concentration on God."

We have so many people and responsibilities, appointments and duties, jobs and to-do lists vying for our time.

With our attention scattered in so many different directions and on so many things, it can be difficult to slow down enough to focus on God.

"Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes!"
I Samuel 12:16
I love this Scripture today... God is directly telling us "Hey! Pay attention! I'm doing something here!" Just as Samuel was telling the people.

They had lost their focus on God and were placing their faith in material things, even to the extent of making them little gods.
Sound familiar?
Samuel had prayed and God was about to show himself in a mighty miraculous way – stormy thunderous rain. Miraculous because it was out of season, without any appearance of rain occurring naturally and on God's command.

Isn’t this how God gets our attention sometimes?  

Everything is going well, smoothly, favorably; and we begin to take our focus off God and onto other things, our little gods.

We begin to take credit for what God has sent as blessings – good will, job promotion, financial stability, bright open clear skies.  

We become enamored with people in our lives, listening more to our pastor or Bible teachers, depending on them for spiritual nourishment instead of going directly to the source, God.  

We become reliant on things for spiritual, emotional or physical fulfillment; being more consumed with the short term gratification brought by temporal things instead of focusing on the eternal riches of heaven.  

When this happens, often God has to do something large to get our attention refocused; just as He was about to do here for the people of Israel. Something totally unexpected was about to rain down on them, literally - a miracle, and the pure effect of His almighty power.

God is raining miracles - are we paying attention?

Reading this today makes me wonder just how many times God has rained down a miracle in my life and I was too busy otherwise to even notice.  

Blessings Soul Friends,
We’ve curated 31 scriptures to help you understand the power of rest.

Isaiah 40:31But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Mark 4:39

And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Proverbs 3:24

If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.                                                                       

Zechariah 2:13               
Be still before the LORD, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.
Ecclesiastes 3:7A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
Exodus 33:14And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

James 5:7

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.

Job 6:24

“Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone astray.

Isaiah 30:15

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,

Matthew 11:28-29                                  

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Psalm 107:28-29                               
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.

Psalm 27:14

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

1 Samuel 12:16

Now therefore stand still and see this great thing that the Lord will do before your eyes.

Exodus 14:13

And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.

Psalm 131:2

But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Psalm 4:8In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Habakkuk 2:20   
But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.”
Isaiah 26:3You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Isaiah 8:17
I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him.

Psalm 116:7

Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
Psalm 37:7
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

Joshua 10:12At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, “Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”

Lamentations 3:24-26                                     

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
Psalm 46:10
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Psalm 62:1For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.
Psalm 89:9You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.

1 Thessalonians 4:11                                                            
And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,
Exodus 14:14The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
Exodus 20:8-10
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.

Luke 10:39

And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching.

Psalm 62:5-6

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

Almighty God, as we flip the calendar to a new month,
help us to focus on rest. May we take your words to heart
to be still and know that You are God!
Almighty, Powerful, You alone are  the Source of all we need.  
I pray we experience rest in Your loving arms,
peace wrapped in Your might,
and discernment in Your Word,
and that as we rest we begin to recognize the blessings
you give us each and every day of the year.
In Jesus' name, Amen.

Tyanne Rakowitz

Dive Deeper

As we focus on being still this month, how can you carve out time to rest in God’s Word?
What practice can you implement this summer to help you form the year-round habit of paying attention to the miracles God rains upon you?


Click below to download this printable "Be Still" Scripture list. Use this list to guide your Bible reading and study time. 
Jana Kennedy-Spicer is a wife, mom and Nana.  A born and raised Texas-girl who loves boots, sunflowers, and sweet tea.  She has a heart for studying God's Word and is passionate about encouraging women to do the same.  Connect with Jana at SweetToTheSoul.com 

1 Comment

Janelen Persell - January 29th, 2024 at 6:13pm

Thank you for posting these bible verses and giving me something to think about as I be still. It isn't easy but it calms me down.