Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
“I’m too busy”.
Far too often, this is the response of the church today. I cannot tell you how many people today use this as an excuse or even believe that their lives are so filled with stuff that they could not possibly fit more into what is you are asking them to do. That stuff might include very important things like eating out with friends, visiting family, taking a vacation. All of which are good things. But then there are those who are busy because they are in the middle of binge watching their favorite series, consumed with ‘mind candy’ books, or simple laziness.
I got hooked on Steven Covey and Franklin Planners long ago and realized that if I did not have goals and a plan to meet those goals, I was not going to accomplish much. Don’t worry, this is not about time management tools and the benefits – though every born-again believer should be a good steward of their time. It is more about finding value in the time we all have been given.
Each of us has the same 24 hours in a day. How we utilize those hours will determine our happiness, productivity and success in life. There are those who seemingly can accomplish so much while there are those days when at the end we wonder; “What did I do all day?” Study after study has been done on those who seem to have elevated their lifestyle and method of life to accomplish far more than the average human being.
But without the inner peace that comes with a right relationship with the God of Heaven, you and I will struggle at best and fail miserably at worst. Not just taking the time, but MAKING the time for working on my relationship with God is vital to our existence.
Too many are enamored with technology that we are in constant touch with our phones and tweeting and posting every event, every feeling, every comment that pops into our head. It has given us a sense of self-importance; a feeling that what I have to say matters… even if it was what we just ate for dinner. Technology also brings to our minds much of the world’s problems that can, quite frankly, be overwhelming.
But can you be quiet? I don’t mean for a second or even a minute. I mean on your drive to work or on your way home, can you be utterly quiet in the car and begin to meditate on God; your relationship with Him; His love for you; what eternal things you were able to accomplish today…
Coming into your home, do you turn on the television, radio, or play music to fill the silence? Are you comfortable with silence? Often, conversations with a lull are uncomfortable, uneasy and seemingly need to be filled with something; anything. Our fast-paced life has lost the ability to be present in the moment and enjoy it. To have the ability to focus on any given subject and think a problem through is becoming lost because we are too busy.
The psalmist wrote:
“Be still and know that I am God…”
David knew this was vital to his relationship with God. That is why he wrote as a prayer;
Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
God knows that we are what we think.
Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
God gave us a filter through which all of our thoughts should pass. But our thoughts about God can only go as far as our knowledge of Him.
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”
What we don’t know about God hinders us in our relationship with Him. He longs for us to know more about Him and it is truly left to us to desire to know Him more. Paul’s heartbeat was summed up in one verse:
Philippians 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”
Do you know the breadth, the depth, the height of His love for you? Do you know the forgiveness of God? The mercy, the longsuffering, the grace and blessing? The power; the provision, the protection, and the promises? He is beyond finding out. Yet, the more you search Him out, the more you find just how wonderful, how awesome, how mighty, how Sovereign, how powerful. What awaits us in Heaven?
Take a moment to be still. In that moment reflect on all that God has done for you. Meditate on His goodness, His mercy, His love and grace toward us. You will find that praise comes easy to a heart filled with who God is.