Sunday, January 6, 2013

Busy, busy, busy.

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 life-style 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 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 hickory, 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."



Jim said...

The frenetic life is somehow strangely alluring, for reasons that escape me. I know because I've been there. Then I started trying to carve out still time for God, but it didn't happen. I realized that I have to cultivate a stiller life to let God in.

Jackie said...

I slip up here all the time with my meditation and prayer time. I seem to go through phases. I need to get back to taking that time each morning and I know this. It really does help and I know we are to worship God in this manner.

As for the cell phones I really can't stand them. I didn't have one for almost two months and it was heaven. I could actually get away from everyone for a while.

You guys becareful out there and I hope you have good travelling weather!!


Shelly said...

There is so much to be gained in that stillness. It's something I have to often remind myself to do. Thank you for this today- I needed to hear it.

vanilla said...

Jim, though I wrote the piece, it may well be directed to me as much as to anyone else, for to be still is not easy. Yet it is critical, I think.

Jackie, I think it is one of society's least attractive features, that people feel they cannot be disconnected. Sad, really.

Shelly, may we all develop the attitudes of quiet that lend themselves to attaining the knowledge of God.

Sharkbytes said...

Yup, I like it when at the bank of the Red Sea God basically says to Moses, "Don't do something, just stand there."

vanilla said...

Shark, I think the human proclivity to "do something" has to be scotched by the Lord so that He can direct us to do what He wants done.