“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nation” NIV
I read a report recently that many university professors are so overloaded with work that they no longer have time to reflect on all the information that is now so readily available at their fingertips. With rising workloads, academics also “reported high levels of stress, resulting in sleep deprivation, new food allergies, short-term memory loss and problems concentrating.” Many admitted that they were in fact distracted by all the communication and information that was relentlessly coming at them and felt increasingly isolated from people.
To varying degrees, we are all being relentlessly bombarded by all sorts of demands on our time. We rush through our day trying to get as much as possible done and then limp home tired and good for nothing except to sit in front of the television. We end up more and more isolated from family and friends.
Even more disastrous is the growing isolation from God that creeps upon us. Survey after survey suggests that Christians are spending less and less time with God – in prayer, in meditation, in studying the Word. Whenever there is pressure on our time, time with God is the first to suffer. We reckon we can “catch up” with God later, that God will understand how busy we are, etc.
God may understand but we pay a high price for not getting alone with God each day. Our spirits are not refreshed and calmed by His presence. Our cares and burdens pile upon our shoulders. Helpful directions are missed and revelations not received. How we need to realize that time in the presence of God is not an optional extra; it is life to the spirit! There is health and healing in God’s presence. There is peace and rest, comfort and solace. Poor and vulnerable indeed is the Christian who ventures out each morning without having spent time alone with God. The more hectic your schedule, the more important it is to keep that quiet time alone with God. Give up your sleep if you must, skip that TV program certainly, but don’t give up that time alone with God.
“Be still, and know that I am God,” says the Lord. When you have learned to be still before God, the Lord will fight for you (Ex 14:14); He will deliver you (Ps. 37:7); He will calm the storms that rage against you (Mark 4:39).
Make time each day – morning is best – to be alone with God. Sit quietly before Him and let His presence wash over you. Worship Him. Give Him thanks. Pour out your heart to Him. Pray. Commit the cares of the day to Him. Invite Him to be a part of your day and to walk with you as you go about your day. It is life changing!