“Now I call on you, God, for you will answer me. Turn your ear to me, hear my words. Show how wonderful is your grace, savior of those who seek at your right hand refuge from their foes. Protect me like the pupil of your eye, hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked, who are assailing me, from my deadly enemies, who are all around me.” Psalm 17:6-9, Complete Jewish Bible
Head spinning? World moving too fast? Events happening around you that you have no control over? Want it to slow down, or just stop for a moment in time?
Surrounded by chaos?
It can be overwhelming at times. Our schedules are so full that there seems to be no time to rest, no place to escape the stress, the daily pressures, the forces railing against us. Been there? Done that?
The answer? Here is one from Psalm 57:1-3,
“Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge until destruction passes by. I will cry to God Most High, to God who accomplishes all things for me. He will send from heaven and save me; He reproaches him who tramples upon me. Selah. God will send forth His lovingkindness and His truth.” NASU
When Jesus walked the earth (go to Israel sometime and see the rolling hills, the northern mountains, the Judean desert, the rough and rocky terrain that He and His followers walked upon. I am always impressed at the stamina which they would have had, when I myself walk the Land.) He often took the time in the late hours, or the early morning ones, to come apart from the rest of them, and rest. He understood the need to get into His Father’s presence, to be encouraged, to hear His voice, to be refreshed in His Holy Spirit. The human body, soul and spirit need constant replenishing.
No wonder this was a common practice of Jesus. “In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” Mark 1:35, NASU
If the Creator of the Universe, the same One Who came to this earth to save us from our sins, knew the importance of getting apart from the surrounding chaos in order to quiet Himself, and spend the needed recharging time with the Father, shouldn’t we follow His example?
We have weddings. We have funerals. Babies are born in between. Life is happening all around us, sometimes overwhelming our hearts and our very beings. (Need I mention the hours so many of us spend weekly in clogged traffic in and around our cities, which alone can “drive” one to the place of utter stress, trying to meet deadlines and complete our schedules?)
And then we have all the happenings in between.
If Jesus had to take time to be with His Father, to pray and seek His face, shouldn’t we consider that important too, above all? Shouldn’t we?
When I awoke this morning, and spent even a few moments quieting my soul, I sensed the Holy Spirit surround me, letting me know of His calming presence. With another fully packed day ahead, I surely needed to spend the time to be with Him and experience His refreshing that He so desires to bless us with every day.
Before you step out the door to face the world again, or the kids get up and surround you with their loving presence too, are you going to take the time to be with Him first?
Sabbath rest (Shabbat) was given for our sake. Daily time with the Lord, and then a day once a week set aside for Him, is His gift to us.
Surrounded by chaos? He is the Solution.
Now think on this and see what good things the Lord has in store for you and those around you.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Founder/President
Love For His People, Inc.
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Now Think On This #463 – in the year of our Lord 10.19.19 – “Surrounded by Chaos?” – Saturday, 6:35 am