17 Comforting Bible Verses to Be Still

The most quoted Be Still Bible verse is used to encourage believers to be still and silent before the Lord.

We all go through difficult times. Many experiences it, we hear about it from others, and we read about it in the Bible. We can all relate to one another in times of hardships because we have all been there. Another thing in common we have with everyone going through difficult times is that we have God on our side. He brings salvation and respite to those that are weary. Does it sound too good to be true? Read on and discover what God wants you to know.

What Does the Be Still Bible Verse Mean?

What is Psalms 46:10 about?

“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

Psalm 46: 10 is part of a psalm that was written by the sons of Korah. The sons of Korah are kind of like the Laura Story, Josh Wilson, and Chris Tomlin of their time. They were well-known. They are the ones called to write a psalm when it is of the utmost importance. We can therefore assume that this psalm is very important to Israel.

This psalm was written when the people of God were under foreign captivity. They have lost and are now suffering. Psalm 46:10 is part of the psalm that is unique. Usually, a psalm calling out to God for help and salvation starts with a petition. Some Bible verses call out to God for help or deliverance from their enemies.

This particular psalm, though, starts with a powerful declaration that God is our refuge and help, that we can rely on Him in times of trouble. It does not matter what the earth throws at us. Even if the waves of the sea rage around us, even if the waves consume us, we can confidently wait upon the Lord.

We have heard the word of the Lord. We can always turn to the Bible to find what we need in times of trial. These Bible verses will remind us that God has heard each of our prayers. He heard the hurtful things other people say about us. He knows what we are feeling and what we are going through.

And God will bring salvation upon us and justice to those that shake us. God shall be exalted in the earth. The things we fear cannot stop God. These Bible verses about being still before the Lord are not telling us to quit. They are telling us to have faith in God because God is faithful.

Top Bible Verses to Be Still 

God will take care of us

Exodus 14:14

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Exodus 14:14 was written at a time when Israel was facing the Red Sea. The sea was before them and the Egyptians were behind them. They were trapped. Are you feeling trapped? Remember what God did and said to Israel that day. God said, “I will fight the battles you cannot go against.” 

That day, Israel walked on the bottom of the sea. God is the King of the universe, and we are His children. When our enemies are coming toward us with rage and determination, God’s Word tells us to have peace. Be still and surrender this fight. We will walk on dry land.

Psalm 131:2

“But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.”

Israel suffered a lot. They were slaves in Egypt. Then they wandered in the wilderness for many decades. They went to war after war just to have a place to live. This psalm is personal. It is believed that this was not intended to be used in worship. The psalmist was talking about how he learned to be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.

John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

So many things in the world can be overwhelming. Jesus experienced a lot of overwhelming things. He was tempted by the enemy, misunderstood by basically everyone, even His disciples, mocked by people, and tortured to death. Jesus Christ came out triumphantly every single time. He overcame the world. Listen to God’s word and claim peace. With our Lord, we will overcome the world.

Psalm 46:1

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Psalm 46:1 is a very powerful and relatable verse. The Word of God speaks truth to us. In God, we will find strength, refuge, and help anytime, anywhere.

God takes our worries away

Habakkuk 2:1

“I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.”

Most of the time, it is hard to be still, rest, wait, and hope for something. We are so used to action, to doing something. But this verse tells about the prophet, just watching and waiting for what the Lord will say. Sometimes, God is trying to communicate with us, but we cannot hear Him because we are too busy moving. Therefore, we should be still, rest in His loving presence, read the Bible, and have faith in God.

Psalm 107:29

“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.”

God has been silencing the troubled sea and the raging wind for Israel, His people, for a long time now. We are now part of God’s people. Do not fear. We shall have peace.

Mark 4:39

“He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.”

Jesus Christ has performed amazing things and miracles. But one day they were on a boat and a huge and strong storm hit. It was so terrifying that even experienced fishermen thought they were going to die. Oh, and Jesus was sleeping. The disciples called out to Him and He got up, silenced the sea and the wind, and said a few words, and just like that, everything was calm, like nothing happened.

Wind, sea, and even evil cannot bother Jesus Christ. He was sleeping on the boat while everyone was panicking. Jesus has perfect peace. He does not have fear. He rebuked the wind like it was a child. But one call from His disciples, and He was there bringing peace.

Psalm 37:7

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways when they carry out their wicked schemes.”

Psalm 37:7 speaks to our souls. Feeling left behind is frustrating, but we all have different timelines and God has a different “perfect time” for different people. Do not worry when you feel like you are stuck. Trust God and His perfect time to get you to what you deserve in life.

God will never let us down

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

In God, we can find rest and life. Therefore, we can hold on to this verse even if the waves crash against us. We can be still before the Lord because we know that His plans for us are great, and they will bring amazing things into our life.

Isaiah 32:17

“The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness, and trust forever.”

We are living in a fast-paced world where rest seems to be something you heard about from other people rather than experienced. But it is written in the Bible that righteousness can give us peace and quietness. By being righteous, we can be calm amid evil, fear, and chaos.

1 Samuel 12:16

“Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes!”

God is always making something new and amazing in our lives. We need to drive the fear out of our souls and trust God’s power and love. We are not alone.

Psalm 46:11

“The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.”

Psalm 46:11 mentions Jacob. Jacob’s life has been fruitful as well as colorful. One thing about Jacob though is that God was there for him from the beginning. He failed, he mourned, he experienced a lot and God was right there with him. We can ask the same from the Lord. We can count on Him to be there.

God should be our focus

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 that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

The Lord will never take for granted those that hope and wait on Him. He will bring salvation to them from whatever is giving them fear. No evil can stand before Him and win. He will never let us face evil alone.

Habakkuk 2:20

“But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him!”

Have you ever experienced a brownout recently? Have you noticed how silent everything seemed to be? The world has gotten so noisy and loud these days. But in the presence of God, the world shall stand still and listen. 

The Word of God is powerful. If there are voices that tell you that you are not enough, or that you do not matter, or that you failed, keep your focus upon God and His word and just watch those voices be silenced. We do not have to face them alone.

Zechariah 2:13

“Be silent, all people, before the Lord; for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.

There are times when the Lord seems to be silent. It might feel like He has abandoned us.” 

Zechariah 2:13 assures us that God has not abandoned us. The Lord is waiting for the perfect time to establish His plans. We must also be calm and wait on Him. We can rest assured that the work God does in our lives is worth the wait.

James 1:19

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.”

Most of the time, conflicts, arguments, and even fights are caused by unkind words and unkind reactions to these words. God will fight with us and for us, but we should also keep in mind that we have work to do. James reminds us that we have the responsibility of making peace with others and not conflicts. We cannot go starting fights and then wait patiently for God to strike these “enemies.” We should guard our tongue and always choose peace in this life.

Psalm 62:5

“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.”

Psalm 62:5 is a psalm written by David. David went through a lot. He was overlooked by his father when Samuel went to their house to anoint the next king of Israel. David was persecuted by King Saul for no apparent reason. He went through several wars for his kingdom, and he failed when he was tempted. Through all of this, David knew the important truth that he should rely on God because he knows that the Lord will fight for him.

In Summary

It might be hard to listen to these Bible verses about being still. Sometimes, doing nothing is terrifying. We are so used to the idea that we have to work for everything, even peace. This is not so with God. God knows our limitations, and God will not expect us to accomplish everything all the time. It is okay to pause and be still sometimes because God is there for us.

The Lord knows that there will be battles beyond our abilities. The Lord will fight these battles for us. These Bible verses about being still and trusting the Lord bring comfort and assurance that we can let go sometimes. Holding the steering wheel all the time can be exhausting. Let the Lord take over. The Lord will never let us go, and He will never let us down.

Let us also express our gratitude and praise to the Lord for all He has done. We can do it in so many ways. Some wrote a psalm, others testified. We have to declare these things as an expression of our gratitude to the Lord and as help for others as well. 

We can tell others about how the Lord has worked in our lives or about how the Lord spoke to us and brought peace. This can help other people find the peace that we received from the Lord as well. This can help assure them that when we call upon the Lord, He listens and responds.

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Alex Shute
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Alex Shute, MBA
Alex is a family man and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. His passion is to serve the global Church and bring people of diverse backgrounds together to learn & grow.


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