“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
I think sometimes we get so wrapped up in the worldly life that we forget about God. “Yet my people have forgotten me. They burn incense to worthless idols, which made them stumble in their ways, in the ancient paths” (Jeremiah 18:15, NIV). This specific passage is dealing with the continuous adultery of God’s chosen people. Repeatedly, they turn away from God and begin worshiping elsewhere. Today, I think we are just at risk of doing this as the Israelites had been. We focus on our own world and selves, and allow the God of the universe to be forgotten…
1st Timothy 4:7b states, “Rather, train yourselves to be Godly”. Being Godly does not come easily, nor does it come naturally! We have to work at it and actively exercise our souls to focus. How do we train ourselves to be Godly? Well, it begins with choosing to be still.
This world is so wrapped up in noise and motion that our attention spans keep shrinking and our speakers get louder. Our screens are more portable, more personal, and consume more of our person-hood. Even as I am writing this, I feel convicted because I have music playing on my phone in the background (This is the part where I silence my phone before continuing). I myself have started to believe the lie that silence is scary. This fear of being alone and being quiet has created a culture that indulges in empty lyrics and senseless images, just so we always hear or see something. Are we afraid that if we are left to our selves for too long we may be able to hear our own thoughts again? Maybe this impending introspection is so terrifying because we fear that when we finally look inside ourselves we will find that we have become empty.
God wants your attention.
A relationship with God cannot be built if we spend no time with him. We may not be worshiping golden idols in our homes, but maybe it’s more like a pocket-sized idol, now available in rose gold. I want to encourage you to stop this week. Put your phone in airplane mode so you wont be disrupted. Don’t play any music or videos in the background. Spend some time reading a real, paper bible. (If you don’t know where to start: Psalm 46 or 1st Corinthians 13). Take some time in prayer, out loud or silent, it doesn’t matter. Do your best to really focus on God and clear your mind to give him your full attention. This is deluxe quiet time.
Sometimes we get so engulfed in our “real world” lives that we forget about the real, unseen, and eternal world that we live in. We become worn out and tired, but it seems that no amount of sleep will remedy the situation. I have a sneaking suspicion that this perpetual exhaustion is a result of our souls becoming weary, not our bodies. This isn’t the type of tired that a nap or a coffee will fix. This type of tired is something that can only be repaired by an intimate relationship with God – no distractions. Take some time to be still. Our purpose on this life is two fold: love God, love people. We are designed to praise him and designated to tell others about his love and make disciples. How can we expect to reach other people if we are spiritually exhausted? Some of us are so spiritually exhausted that we fall into a soul coma. Sleeping people don’t reach others very well. When we are still and acknowledge that God is who he says he is, we are able to rest our spirits. Know that in your rest you are worshiping God; you are honoring the Sabbath. Let your stillness be in reverence of who God is. Be still in his glory and beauty; exalt him above all else.
All materials written and designed by Heather & Daniel Christy.