“Be still, and know that I am God.” -Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)
I actually saw this Scripture reference over the exit of a barber shop one day. While I am familiar with the Scripture, I sometimes forget to allow it to have its way in my life.
I suspect you may have or have had this same experience in your life. I think we all suffer from it from time to time. It’s all about priorities in our life, isn’t it? We get so busy that we forget what’s really important. And before we know it things that we used to hold on to have slipped from our grasp.
It was A.W. Tozer who wrote that, “It is characteristic of man to keep himself so busy that he is able to avoid the important matters relating to life and existence.”
We are like that, aren’t we?
Keeping busy helps us recover from stresses, losses, and general boredom in our lives. It also helps us ignore those things that we don’t want to give our attention to. The next thing you discover is that time slips away and those things aren’t important any more, at least not in terms of our priorities.
We often take this behavior into the prayer/quiet time we carve out daily or weekly. We read a quick little devotional something or other, whip out our prayer lists and rattle off a list of things we wanted to send heavenward, and we’re done. Far too often, at that point, we are in the “transmit” mode rather than the “receive” mode. We have to get going; lots to do and so little time to do it in. We head off to the next thing on our mental list.
I guess my question to you this morning is: are you too busy for God?
I think we do our little “thing” and then we put Him into the “standby” position. If we need Him, we can call on Him. Isn’t that what we are really thinking?
There really is such a thing as practicing the presence of God. It’s best accomplished by being still in His presence. Prayer and meditation are good for the soul (literally). But, if we want to know Him, we have to listen for Him to respond to us.
What right do we have to expect anything from God when we have not made time for Him? I know, I know, He is a gracious God. But lest you forget, He reached His limit with the children of Israel at some point.
Perhaps more importantly, when we don’t take time to “plug in” to Him, we become disconnected from our source of power. Then we stumble around in the darkness of our lives.
Reprioritize your life. Seek God to really know Him, to gain wisdom, and to have an intimate relationship with Him. He will surprise you. At least, that has been my experience.
Please welcome our Sunday morning contributing writer, Pastor John Roberts. John is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in the great Northwest where he resides with his wife of 47 years.
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