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October 3, 2015

Text:  “‘Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”  The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.'” Psalms 46:11-12

Let’s give God his due!  The human being is frequently guilty of maximizing himself and minimizing God. Mankind is so busy with fulfilling his own desires that he reverses his position with God.  Do you agree that God knows everything, is omnipotent, and is present everywhere? Do you worship and serve God as sovereign of your life? Do you promote your priorities and demote God’s priorities?

In the late 1980s a TV sitcom aired on the ABC network called “Mr. Belvedere”.  Ex baseball player Bob Uecker played George Owens, a sports writer, and Christopher Hewitt played Mr. Belvedere, an English butler who cooked and performed all the household chores for the Owens family. One Sunday morning George and his wife come downstairs and seat themselves at the table. The table was bare and Mr. Belvedere was seated at the bar watching TV. The couple sat silently for a moment and Belvedere asked what they wanted. So George answers, “Breakfast!”.  He informs  them that he has not even begun breakfast, and asks, “Is there something you would like?” Then Belvedere says, “I supposed that you would want something later, when you get home from “services”. George says, “Has someone died?” And his wife explains that they haven’t been going to church lately. Then comes George’s response, “We’re not fanatics about it!”

A lot of folk are like that: they don’t like others to think of them as “religious fanatics”. In other words they are “slackers” as related to their Christianity.  Also, there are others that have little knowledge of God, either his attributes or his powers.

Thus God says to us in our text, “Stop your frenzied activities!  Take time to examine who I am.”  Pause to consider who God really is. Ponder all the things God has done for you. Delve into the state of your relationship with God.

This all about time. You must expend time and effort to know God and understand how to serve him. The clock is the enemy of modern man. We are slaves to time. As I look at my children and grandchildren it looks like the dust never settles; meals, work, school, and play, all make unceasing claims on their schedules. It is all about being busy. From sunup till bedtime we are in a rat race. When God gave Israel the ten commandments the fourth of them was “Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.” Deuteronomy 5:12 One meaning of “Sabbath” is “Stop  what you are doing”, “cease”. It was the remedy for man’s tiresome labor; a day to rest and worship God. And knowing about God was a part of every day. ” And these words that I command you  shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7   Do this and you will begin to know God. 

Take time to honor God and obey him.  “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.” John 15:10 Diligently search the scriptures to know what the will of God is.  Obey him with all  your heart. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38

Take time to consider your relationship with God. Are you dependable in His service, or do you go AWOL frequently? Do you obey his commandments or ignore them? Are you God’s servant, or do you believe that he ought to serve you? Do you read your Bible and pray regularly?  There are many other factors which you should consider. After all, you have evaluations at work, etc. Evaluations are tough to do and are very revealing. Honesty is critical. “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.” II Corinthians 13:5

Pause! Take time to do these things. Place a great value in your relationship with God.





One Comment
  1. Larry permalink

    This is such an important topic. I’ve learned it late. Working and studying–as you well know me–I often found myself with little time for genuine time-out for God. I dug the ruts deep and still have to fight the tendency to get over-busy. Thanks for the reminder.–Larry

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