"Be still and know that I am God" (Ps 46:10)
We live in a world that moves at a 100 miles per hour.
Technological advance continues at breakneck speed. Buy the latest gadget today and it will be obsolete within a few months. Life never seems to slow down. No matter what day of the week or time of the night our roads are full of vehicles scurrying hither and thither. The shops never seem to close. Society has completely driven out Sunday as a day of rest. We are far too busy to rest! Busy doing what I wonder?
We might hope that, in contrast to all of this hectic activity that God’s Church would be a dignified haven of peace and tranquility. But sadly we Christians are all too often caught up in the spirit of the age. Jesus had to remind Martha in the midst of her busyness that her sister had chosen the better part (Lk 10:38-42). Martha could so easily have justified her activities as being in the service of God. But how many of us are so busy doing the work of God that we have no time for the God of the work? How many are so busy in the Kingdom that we are neglecting its King?
Psalm 46 is a very noisy psalm. It speaks of the earth being removed, the mountains carried into the midst of the sea and the waters roaring. Yet it promises that even amidst such turmoil those who seek out the Lord in the stillness of their hearts will always be able to find Him. That they will always be able to hear that “still small voice” that waits to speak to them in the midst of our hurried lives. We ought never to allow a single day to go by in which we have not sought out that place of stillness that Jesus called “the secret place” (Mt 6:6) to be alone with God. The scriptures promise us that it is those who wait upon the Lord who shall renew their strength for their labours (Isa 40:30-31).
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