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Psalm 46:10 (KJV)
Be still, and know that I am God.
The predictions sounded like promises: in the future, working hours would be short and vacations long. “Our grandchildren”, reckoned John Maynard Keynes in 1930, would work around “three hours a day”—and probably only by choice. Economic progress and technological advances had already shrunk working hours considerably by his day, and there was no reason to believe this trend would not continue. Whizzy cars and ever more time-saving tools and appliances guaranteed more speed and less drudgery in all parts of life. Social psychologists began to fret: whatever would people do with all their free time? [a]
Of course, things have turned out VERY differently in today’s world. With high stress levels and “time-management poverty” the norm of the day, how often do we STOP to listen to what God may be trying to tell us? We live such busy lives that the thought of TRULY taking a pause during the day is almost painful. Now, I’m not talking about the occasional daydream of sitting under a beach umbrella with a sweet tea in hand (we know that is fantasy). I’m talking about seriously considering taking a few moments out of the jam-packed day to pray, meditate on Scripture and listen for the Holy Spirit’s still, small voice.
In 1 Kings 19:12 (AMPC), where it refers to the LORD speaking to Elijah, we read:
but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire [a sound of gentle stillness and] a still, small voice.
God IS speaking to you! Are you just too busy to realize it?
[a] “In Search of Lost Time: Why is Everyone So Busy?“, written for The Economist