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A Time to Stand Still and a Time to Move

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time and a season for every purpose under the sun.” Solomon goes through this long list of opposites by telling us, “There is a time to be born and a time to die; time to plant and a time to root up; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to weep and a time to laugh; etc. We, too, can insert our own opposites and seasons for every purpose under the sun.

The Bible says, “Stand, and having done all, stand.” But the Bible also says in the Great Commission, “Go ye therefore into all the world and make disciples.” So, there is a time to stand still, and there is a time to move. Listen to God for instructions on when you should stand still and when you should move. Both are important.

Move When God Says, "Move!"

Some people do not move because they are among others who aren't moving. They don't want to take the lead and do something alone, but God is calling us to leave the maddening crowd.

In Genesis 12:1-3, God tells Abram, “Get thee out of thy country away from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, and go to a place I will tell you.” The very next verse says, “And Abram went” (Genesis 12:4). These three words prove that Abram was faithful. Without hesitating, Abram moved.

Most people wouldn't move without hesitating. They might say, “Let me sleep on it, and I’ll get back with you.” “Let me go to my job and get my last paycheck.” “Let me pay all my bills first.” “Let me stop my mail, turn off my cable, cancel my newspaper subscription, etc.

Abram didn’t stand still. He wasn’t afraid to move. Abram had faith to trust God even before he knew who God was. We have one up on Abram. We do believe in God. We do believe in God’s Son who was crucified to save us from our sins. Therefore, we should be more eager to obey God than Abram because he was a pagan at the time God commanded him to move.

Are you standing still, marking time, waiting for your ship to come in? Are you using the excuse that “it has never been done that way before?” Are you saying, “What’s the use?” or “People will laugh at me?”

There is a time to stand still, and there is a time to move. It is time to do something different. It is time to do something unusual. It is time to move from the status quo. It is time to get away from the mundane. It is time to take a risk. It is time to not only think outside of the box, but it is time to get out of the box and even throw the box away, if necessary.

Biblical Characters Moved

The Bible is full of examples of biblical characters who moved when God told them to do so. Here are just a few examples:

  • We have already discussed Moses above who moved when God commanded him to do so.
  • Noah obeyed God and built an ark at a time when it didn’t rain from above the way it rains today.
  • Jeremiah bought a field in Jerusalem to build houses and plant vineyards even though his people were in exile. Like Moses, Noah, and others, Jeremiah moved to do what God commanded him to do even though he did not understand it at the time.
  • When the 30-day mourning period was over after the death of Moses, God told Joshua:

“You have been weeping and praying long enough. Now get up off your face and move. Lead these people into the promised land.”


We have stood still long enough. We have noticed things that need to be done, and we have done nothing about them. God wants us to be more intentional about what He has called us to do. He wants us to stop standing still and begin moving.

“There is a time and season for every purpose under the sun.”

There is a time to stand still, and then there is a time to move.

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Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 21, 2017:

Thanks, Peter, for your kind words of encouragement. May they boomerang back to you!

peter agbachi on March 20, 2017:

beloved, your write up on being at the right place at the right time is wonderful. may the Lord bless you beyond measure in Jesus name.

Cathy I from New York on June 08, 2011:

This was really inspiring.....thank you so much. I feel like these words were meant for me. In this post for the second consecutive day, I have seen the quote about Abraham being called to lead his people....I need to start paying more attention.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on January 24, 2011:

Thank you for commenting on my article. I am glad you liked it.

SilentReed from Philippines on January 24, 2011:

Good quotes from the Bible.A new year usually have us making resolutions and asking ourselves if we want to continue doing what we did last year or get out of our comfort zone and try something different.This hub is a serendipitous discovery as I have been questioning myself lately about the direction and purpose my life is taking.Thank you for sharing.

sharejoy on January 23, 2011:

This message is awesome! Very timely. Every day I say I am going to do something to realize my visions from God, through people I don't even know, but something seems to get in the way and I have done nothing. This is my confirmation (again) of what God has been revealing to me for quite a while. I have been standing still too long and not moving. Now it's time to move. I must move, I have to move, it's time to move, I will move -- NOW!!! Thank you, you continue to be a true blessing to me.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on January 23, 2011:

I hope this hub will help you make a decision about what you are dealing with. Let this be the time to move instead of standing!

Dian'swords4u from North Carolina on January 23, 2011:

It is good that you wrote this. I have been dealing with these same issues in my life. I have been working on getting more intentional in my evangelsim. I think sometimes we let so many other things that seem important at the time take precedence in our lives. Thank you for the reminder and the hub.

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