Be Still

How often do we think, “I just need a break,” “I need to slow down,” “I’m just too busy,” or something along those lines? And what do we turn to when we need a rest or we’ve reached our breaking point? 
Maybe after a long day at work, the only thing we want to do is veg out in front of the TV, scroll through Instagram, or curl up with a good book. While none of those things are horrible, they aren’t what we need. God created us to need true rest that we can only find in Him. In Psalm 46:10, we are reminded by God through the Psalmist that to know God and experience Him we have to BE STILL. The list above seems harmless, but instead of helping to clear our minds to focus on our most important God, we fill our brains with so much pointless information. 
Jennie Allen puts it this way in her book Nothing to Prove:
“When Jesus promises us rest, He almost always is talking about soul rest. It’s why most of the ways we try to rest actually make our insides more chaotic. Netflix, sleep, Facebook— all fall short because nothing but Jesus can bring rest to the chaos inside of us.” 

Living on an Earth Where the Clock Keeps Ticking

Time is one of the earth’s most precious resources. It slips through our fingers like sand, and once it’s spent we cannot snatch it up again. Similar to the wind, it comes and goes; we have to enjoy it in the present, because it won’t stop for us.

Time is one of our greatest gifts. We may have any sort of thing accumulated–money, “toys”, great friends, or whatever we may–but without the time in which to use or enjoy it, we might just as well do without.

This concept seems to be fully grasped by the world around us. People look for health that they might have greater longevity on this world. Technology is being developed increasingly faster and more efficient, in order to keep up with the fast pace of society. Even the music and slang of the younger generations bear evidence. How many of you, for instance, have not heard the phrase ‘YOLO?’ “We only live once,” says the world. “We only have the time of one life to do and experience everything that we want to do, so we better do it now.”

We live in a world that is servile to the restrictions of time, because God has made it so. The Psalmist exclaims this very idea in Psalm 39:4 and 5 where we read, “LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity.” God has, in His supreme power and providence, numbered our days.

Because time is so precious, how we spend our time too is undeniably important. God has only given us so much time on this earth. As faithful stewards and servants we cannot let that go to waste! Unlike the world we aren’t to try and fit all the pleasures and wants of the world in, but rather to work to use every moment (yes, EVERY moment!) of every single day of our lives to glorify our Lord and Savior (Gal. 5:13-26; I Cor. 10:31; Matt. 16:25; Matt. 6:33).

The clocks aren’t stopping. Young people and young adults, watch your time!