I can still hear my parents recalling my childhood hyperactivity and relentless pursuit of attention. Through their stories, it is clear to me that during my younger years, my “OFF” switch was broken and that I remained “ON” unless I was sleeping. My memory of these things fails me, but now that I have a toddler of my own, I have to say I believe them. My daughter is constantly moving – taking in the sights and sounds around her, taking hold of literally everything she can reach (whether she is supposed to have it or not), dancing in circles around our kitchen island. She never stops. When I look at my life as an adult, I realize that it’s pace is similar to that of a toddler.
My life is filled with work and family responsibilities that occupy most of my time. Where is there time for Jesus?
Have I become so busy and distracted that I begin to live dependent upon my own progress and goodness, numb to a relationship with a loving and merciful Savior? Psalm 46:10 sends clear and sobering words to the busy and self-reliant:
“Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
This proclamation points to a bigger picture, God’s glory. After reading these words, we should feel both humbled to worship God and grateful for his mercy through Christ. It should cause us to see all things in our lives funneled, not through our own efforts, but through God’s grace and provision. Looking for a practical application? MAKE TIME TO SPEND WITH GOD. A life spent in communion with God will bring joy and comfort to the Christian.
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8
MY DEAR LORD,
I depend wholly upon Thee,
wean me from all other dependences.
Thou art my all, thou dost overrule all
and delight in me.
Thou art the foundation of goodness,
how can I distrust Thee?
how be anxious about what happens to me?
In the light of Thy preciousness
the world and all its enjoyments are
I value the favour of men no more than pebbles.
Amid the blessings I receive from Thee
may I never lose the heart of a stranger.
May I love Thee, my Benefactor, in all my benefits,
not forgetting that my greatest danger
arises from my advantages.
Produce in me self-despair that will
make Jesus precious to me,
delightful in all His offices,
pleasurable in all His ways,
and may I love His commands
as well as His promises.
Help me to discern between true and false love,
the one consisting of supreme love to Thee,
the other not,
the former uniting Thy glory and man’s happiness
that they may become one common interest,
the latter disjointing and separating them both,
seeking the latter with neglect of the former.
Teach me that genuine love is different in kind
from that wrought by rational arguments
or the motive of self-interest,
that such love is a pleasing passion affording
joy to the mind where it is.
Grant me grace to distinguish
between the genuine and the false,
and to rest in Thee who art all love. – “Love Rest in God” from The Valley of Vision
June 9, 2015