We live in a time when everyone is busy, from the little ones just starting school, right up to retired people like me. We rush around building up the stress levels, popping pills or vitamins, and feeling that our modern conveniences should give us more time! In fact, they have speeded life up to such an extent that it seems there is never enough time for all that we want/need to do. Our modern world has a complex network of communication and technology which demands attention, crowding out that precious, life-enhancing benefit, solitude. How long is it since you sat quietly either communing with Yahweh, or silently absorbing the stillness, or thinking your own thoughts?
Are you able to function without noise? Today’s world is full of it; TVs are on constantly; music players are set to repeat the music again and again; ears are plugged with ‘buds’ connected to a phone [or something] downloading who-knows-what; tablets, laptops, mobile phones demand attention, and distractions multiply. “These modern playthings,” writes Tozer, “like pet tiger cubs, have grown so large and dangerous that they threaten to devour us all.” He observed this in the middle of last century – I wonder what he would think of the present generation.
Through the Psalmist Yahweh said, “Be still and know that I am God!” [Psalm 46:10] and through Isaiah, “In quietness and confident trust is your strength.” [Isaiah 30:15]. The need for stillness and quietness has never been greater than it is today. We must beware of being ‘conformed to this world’ [Romans 12:1] or, as J. B. Phillips translates it, “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould!” If we don’t simplify our lives, it is possible that we will lose untold treasures. Quietness and solitude produce amazing benefits in the inner life. As we sit in the stillness of Yahweh’s Presence we draw into ourselves all that He is, and as we allow that to root in us we will be strengthened and empowered; a real and vital relationship with Him will be formed. Enjoy Him, don’t crowd Him out!
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