Why Don’t I Feel Quite As Good as I Should?
An article in this morning’s Australian Newspaper – You’d Better Sleep On It – outlines some important research on the significant impact of inadequate sleep on our sense of well being. Seems that there’s a very strong correlation between the two. So – if you’re not getting enough sleep, don’t be surprised if you don’t feel on top of the world.
But … there’s another form of regeneration – spiritual regeneration – that we need on a daily basis as well. And as it turns out, most of us are missing out on that as well!
Our Crazy, Mixed Up Lives
For most of us, our lives are incredibly hectic and that equates to pressure and stress. I know plenty of people who trot off to church each Sunday, whose sense of well being is, well … let’s just say “below par”. They have a sneaking suspicion that something’s not quite right, but what?
You might be wondering – why hasn’t Berni been blogging lately? Has he fallen off the planet? No. I’ve simply been too busy. India, Africa … back to Australia, a backlog of writing and recording. Redeveloping our website. Then a week’s break. And now, in a few days I hop back onto a plane to India again. It’s a full life. No doubt, you have your own pressures and story to tell.
And what I’ve noticed is that the busier life gets, the more we’re tempted to cut short – even cut out – our times of spiritual renewal. Those quiet times with God each morning, or evening, or whenever works best for you. And when you think about it, that’s nuts! Because the more hectic and pressurised and stressed our environment becomes, the more we need that time of quiet, spiritual renewal with God.
I’m not talking a rushed few minutes with the Lord. Or a half hour where your mind is darting all over the place and the last thing you’re doing is focussing on God Himself. I’m talking a luxurious, focussed, blessed time where out of the midst of the tumult, we focus on God. Read just a small part of His Word. Enjoy who He is and what He’s done and what He’s doing and … hear His voice and know the quiet yet powerful assurance of His Presence and provision and …
Remember those times? Remember how awesome they were? So … what went wrong?
Just too busy I guess. So here’s the Word of God to speak His gentle love into your tumultuous existence:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
Come, behold the works of the Lord;
see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.
So … What’s God Saying?
When with the earth’s shaking and the mountains are falling into the ocean, when the nations around us are in uproar and the kingdoms are tottering, when everything that brings us that assurance of safety and security and rest and peace is falling apart before our very eyes, right there in that moment, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed. And that one thing is this:
God is still in our midst and His river of gladness is still flowing right through the middle of who we are.
But here’s the problem. We’re so focussed on the tumultuous events in which we seem to be drowning, that we miss powerful reality. And so even though He’s still here, we’re in effect disconnected from, removed from His power, His joy, that sense of safety and protection and …. well being… that we experience when we know that He is with us.
God’s solution? Simple.
Be still and know that I am God.
Right there is the daily spiritual renewal that you and I so desperately need. Right there is the solution to that feeling of rudderlessness and powerlessness that we’re struggling with.
Be still and know that I am God.
The one thing we need in times of tumult and trouble. Yet the one thing that we unwittingly dispense with … because it seems we’re just too busy. Crazy huh?
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
And the only way we lay hold of that, is by getting still, resting in Him quietly, and just … knowing …