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For good or bad, we live in a “doer” culture, that is characterized by slogans such as, “Live life to the fullest,” “Just do it,” and “If you want something done, ask a busy person…the other people do not have time.”
It is interesting that some of us measure the value of our lives based on our accomplishments. If we are working hard and hitting our daily-weekly-monthly marks, we are doing well. Yet if we fill our days with nonstop tasks and constant activity, we may be susceptible to believing this gives our lives more meaning.
In a fast-paced world, we may feel alone and in danger of becoming irrelevant if we are not doing something active or Carpe Diem, “seizing the day.” Could we be missing out on life? Should this sort of perspective characterize or define our lives as followers of Jesus?
Read Psalm 46:10.
What determines a good day for you? In Psalm 46:10, God says to, “Be still and know that I am God.” Making time to be alone with God, and in silence, is one of the best opportunities we have to seek God and meditate on His Word. It is the epitome of quiet time.
Whenever we are alone, we give ourselves the chance, or the opportunity, to avoid becoming anxious about life. Since we put value on our relationship with God, having time to meet with God centers us as we slow down to connect with our heavenly Father. We find comfort as we huddle with God and His presence has a way of reminding us we are in good hands. Nothing can get to us while we are with Him. Whatever may be on our mind can be released because we are in and under His protective care.
Like the author of Philippians 4:5b-7 asserts, “The Lord is near.” Do not be anxious about anything, but whatever is on our to-do-list should be given over to God and His peace will once again help us slow down and find peace, and a respite from the demands of life. That peace will “guard” our hearts and minds in Christ. What an image!
We all battle being trapped in a never-ending struggle to deal with the events of day-to-day life. How do we deal with the trials, tribulations, and difficulties of life? Jesus models that it is okay to work hard and pray hard, but then take a break and step back from activity. As children of grace, we know that God gave us life so we can have a meaningful relationship with Him. He also gave us His Word to aid in dealing with all of the challenges we would face.
There is nothing wrong with working hard, being active, and being diligent with our various responsibilities. The challenge is to find rhythm in work, play, study, and rest. It is one reason God gave us the commandment of sabbath.
What does being still and knowing God mean to you? How and when do you become still before God? The next time you choose to be alone with God, remind yourself it will be time well spent. Think theologically. Embrace silence and solitude. Enjoy the moment by being still.
Love is a verb,
©2019 by Mike Olejarz