Sunday, July 19, 2015

Be Still

A message revisited

Mobile.  On the go.  Grab your mobile phone.  Do your mobile banking.  Don't stop for anything; you might get run over from behind.  Haven't time to...

What a frenzied lifestyle people have chosen.  I almost wrote "chosen to live."  Just in time to stop the silly fingers, I realized that this is not living.  It is frenetic, frantic, and all too often pointless activity.

The scriptures tell us to "be still."  I am not making this up.  I am cherry-picking my texts, but it is in there.

The verse that comes most readily to mind is Psalm 46:10 in which the Lord tells us, "Be still and know that I am God."  Reflect on that a bit.  Does it not suggest that we cannot get to know God if we are consumed with frenetic activity?  So to "be still" gives us an opportunity to make the most important connection we can or will ever make.

Psalm 4:4 says, "Stand in awe, and sin not; commune with you own heart upon your bed, and be still."  Perhaps it is the case that we fail to grasp the awesome nature of our God because we do not take the time to commune with our own heart.  We are not still long enough to even consider the possibilities.  We certainly can't "be still" while motoring down the road at a good clip, mobile device in hand, staying connected with everyone else, but making no connection with the Creator.

First Samuel 9:27 says, "Stand still a while, that I may show you the word of God."  Short of being still, we may get the word of all our friends but totally miss the Word of God.

Second Chronicles 20:17: "Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord."



Secondary Roads said...

Reminds of the office worker (OW) and the cleaning lady (CL). The dialog:
OW: What did you do on your vacation?
CL: I went on an African safari.
OW: Did anything exciting happen?
CL: I saw a lion and he ate me?
OW: What? If a lion ate you, you wouldn't be living.
CL: You call this living?

Vee said...

You have made some good points. Studies are now indicating that people who don't disconnect from the electronic world for a period of time prior to bedtime have trouble falling asleep.

vanilla said...

Chuck, CL certainly knew whereof she spoke.

Vee, thanks. Without any research data to back it up, it seems intuitive to me that getting the synapses all fired up requires a cool down period before sleep will come.

Sharkbytes said...

I'm working on chilling out more.

vanilla said...

Sharkey, simple survival makes demands on our time, yet it is important to find quiet time, imo.