Monday, August 25, 2008

Being Still Before God

Personal computers, television, computerized games, text messaging, on-demand tv, and tivo are evidences of just how fast and furious our culture has become. When we are not working, we are most likely consumed with the idea of our next technological adventure. From MySpace to Facebook, we have so much to consume our "off-time" with that we often forget what it is like to enjoy some old fashioned, reflective "quiet time." The thought of being still is almost a painful thought for many of us. Often, the only time we really take to be quiet and reflect is when we are going through some sort of trial in which we feel like God is our only way out. So, we take a moment to still our minds and our computers in order to acknowledge that God might actually be watching. He might actually be listening. Even more, He might actually care about our lives after all.

Returning to the place in which we actually look forward to having a time of stillness, reflection might just be what the doctor ordered. Better yet, discovering that there is a God who desires for us to speak with Him and to know Him would change our lives forever. God does indeed desire to be known by us. The question is--do we desire to know him at all? Andrew Murray once said, "Each time, before you intercede be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and priviledge in Christ, and expect great things!" Similarly, the Psalmist writes, "Be still and know that I am God."

Have you reached the point of technological addiction? You know, the point that you find yourself surfing on the internet for endless hours not really knowing what you are looking for. The point in which you are re-looking at former posts, pictures, and/or blogs just to pass the time. If so, you're in good company. There are about 100 million of us in the United States alone that are desperate for our next "technological hit."

Wouldn't it be nice to rediscover a quiet time? Wouldn't it be nice to be still? Better yet, wouldn't it be great to discover that there is a loving God that desires to know us--and to be known by us?

A nice change of pace for an on-demand society.