As I try to follow God’s command (in Psalm 46:10) to “be still,” I still find it very hard to rest. I find it hard to slow down, when the world is telling me to move faster, try harder and reach higher. Especially now that I do so much ministry work, it’s hard to distinguish between the “selfish” busyness and being busy for God. I’m realizing that being “busy for God” is just another issue with PRIDE! God doesn’t need me to be BUSY! He doesn’t want me to be exhausted. When I keep pushing myself, I find myself ignoring the only ONE who can give me true peace!
Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
So, What… for This Week?
It’s easy to get so busy that we ignore God. Our pace can numb our hearts, so much so that we feel uncomfortable with silence (and rest). For me, slowing down has been foreign and therefor difficult to choose. We all need to force some “rest” and “quiet” into our lives so we can experience the small voice of the Holy Spirit FIRST HAND! As you become attuned to His voice, your heart will awake, so stop letting the world to dictate your schedule. Think about where you feel the most hurried, overwhelmed, rushed and exhausted and decide what practical steps you can take to guard your times of rest and stillness with Jesus!