"Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!" (Psalm 46:10, ESV)
Why do we stay so busy? Why, even when we are not going and doing, do we seek noise? Why is there always a radio or television on? Why are we afraid of stillness, allergic to quiet, unwilling to endure solitude?
There is a time for action. There is a time for speech. There are times when to remain silent would be sin, to be inactive would be cowardice. But there is also a need for quiet. There is a need for solitude. There is a time to allow silence.
When we stay busy, it is hard to see how we are expressing our dependence on God. Constant activity seems to imply that we are central, indispensable.
When our world remains noisy it is hard to reflect. We may know the truth, we may discuss the truth, but we can hardly reflect on it. And truth that is not reflected upon and applied is of little value in reclaiming our lives. If we are to draw near to God, we need to listen to his word in Bible study, confess our need in prayer, and quietly reflect on how it all needs to work out in life.
Inactivity is evidence of spiritual illness. So is constant activity. Engage in intentional spiritual activity this week. Also engage in some intentional quietness this week. Let it be quiet enough to allow you to think. You need it. We all do.