Some of you probably remember the words in a song that came out in the '60s "Stop. Slow down. You move too fast. You've got to make the morning last." As I thought about those words, I realized they could have some real spiritual application.
All one has to do is drive on the streets of Minot on any given day of the week and I'm very sure many of those reading this article have either spoken those words out loud, or thought them in your mind Stop! Slow down! You're moving too fast! The whole world definitely does seem to be in an unbelievable hurry.
There have been several occasions when I have been tempted to follow a speeding driver to their point of destination just to find out what the hurry was all about. Then reality sets in, I would be breaking the law trying to keep up, endangering myself and others as well. But then the truth, the real number one reason for not pursuing surfaces. I am in a time crunch myself, trying to get somewhere, so I can get what I need and get back home. I was just as guilty as they were.
Pastor Dan Inches
One day I ran into an old friend who I know is very positive and I asked him, "How's your day going?" His response was "Great and believe it or not, some days are even better! How's your day going?"
My response was "Very busy and believe it or not, some days are even busier than this!" We both had a good chuckle over that one. He understood what I was saying, but the truth is everyone seems to be living a very busy lifestyle these days.
The other day I was mowing my lawn and when I went to empty the grass catcher I noticed there was a good number of dead leaves that had also been picked up. Now the words came to my mind: Stop. Slow down. You're moving too fast, you've got to make the summer last!
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Then the words from Ecclesiastes 3:1 came to my mind. "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." You've heard the saying, "Time stands still for no man." You see, we all have 24 hours in a day. What are you doing with the hours in your life? That's what Jesus is concerned about.
The writer of Psalms, through divine revelation, wrote in 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God."
Remember there is a time for every purpose under heaven. That means that there is also a time to be still, not talk, but listen for the voice of God in our lives. For us to do that effectively, we must stop, slow down, get away from the hustle and bustle of this life and see what God really desires for us to be doing with the time he has given us. We need to reflect and do what the old songs tells us to do, and count our blessings and name them one by one, and in all things give thanks.
When we go rushing about, doing "our thing," what we are doing in essence is leaving God in the dust, spiritually speaking. But God is patient, for which I am so thankful. He just sits back and waits for us to be still, to come to ourselves, like the prodigal son and then God speaks in that still small voice and kindly says, "Now will you let me help you? I can you know, for nothing is impossible with me."
Oh, how much trouble and frustration could be avoid if we would just go to Jesus at the onset of our trial and not try to figure it out for ourselves. I know we've all been guilty of that, including myself.
Peter said in 1Peter 5:6,7 "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon him, be he careth for you."
Isn't that amazing that God really cares for each and every one of his creation?
Again the writer in Psalms 8:3,4 renders the question: "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou has ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him and the son of man, that thou visitest him?"
So stop, slow down and know the mind of God in your life.
Pastor Dan Inches is pastor of Lighthouse Church in Minot.