Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Busyness Plans (Part 8)
Be still, and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
Psalm 23:2 (NKJV)
And Moses said to the people, 'Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today.'
Exodus 14:13 (NKJV)
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
Psalm 55:22 (NKJV)
And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.
Luke 24:49 (NAS)
Combine working, shopping, transportation, email, exercise and hobbies. Add in media, texting and social networking--and what do you get? Movement, non-stop movement. If we're not running around physically, we're running around mentally--often at the same time. To what end? Unceasing busyness--as opposed to unceasing prayer.
Then what happens? Our most vital connection gets interrupted. 'Apart from Me, you can do nothing' (John 15:5). Because God says we must be still to hear His Voice. 'And Moses said to them, 'Stand still, that I may hear what the Lord will command concerning you' ' (Numbers 9:8).
Few people had a closer connection to God than Moses. If he needed to stop the action to hear God's direction, don't we all? But what about our 'To Do' lists? I agree 'It is good to be zealous in a good thing always' (Galatians 4:18). Of himself, Paul said, 'I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me' (1 Corinthians 15:10).
When God said go, Paul went. When God said stop, Paul stayed. Because as a zealous Pharisee in pursuit of Christians, he learned that busyness without God is not a good thing at all. On the road to Damascus 'He fell to the ground' (Acts 9:4) and met Jesus. Once there, another stop: 'He was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank' (v.9).
In stillness, 'He received his sight... arose and was baptized' (v.18). Paul's work became glorious history, but it was surely Spirit-led.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, resist the temptation of constant motion. As Jesus often went into the wilderness and prayed, so must you. You need the right degree of stillness to be ready for the right degree of motion, as in lights, camera and action.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Busyness Plans series.