Finding Quietness in Ultra Busy Times
Have you ever noticed how distracted people are?
It seems like everyone is looking for something to do, and then when they do it, they didn't enjoy it -- because they were thinking about something else. That is distraction and a malady of our culture.
I was with my children Friday night at Chuck E. Cheese's, they were very excited and having a blast. For a few moments I looked at the parents around us, many of them appeared to still be at the office. Their children were so excited running from game to game gleefully enjoying themselves. The parents held a cup of tokens -- and looked off into the distance at what I couldn't tell. One thing I was sure of, they were not at Chuck E. Cheese's. That picture is riveted in my mind -- it's a picture of our distracted culture. We hold tokens to life, those around us are spending them and we aren't even paying attention.
Hand in hand with distraction is dissatisfaction. Part of the reason that there are so many dissatisfied people in our world is that they are completely distracted from what they are doing -- by something else they think they want to do.
Today we live in a distracted world, among distracted people, with distracted minds, distracted families, and distracted lives.
Distraction leads to aimlessness, uselessness, hopelessness, and powerlessness.
God has one solution for the aimlessness, hopelessness, uselessness, and powerlessness of his people. He describes it 8 times in Psalm 119.
THINKING DEEPLY ABOUT GOD IN A SHALLOW WORLD
Meditation is thinking deeply upon something; meditation digests what we have learned. There is a terrible spiritual condition of Biblical anorexia -- a lack of hunger for God's Word and its twin sister -- Biblical bulimia. Both are the result of a severe deficiency of Biblical meditation.
When we meditate we are taking God's Word, examining it, and turning it over and over in our minds. That is the only way to have proper nutrition in our unhealthy world. Surrounded by confusing voices, twisted paths, and hurried lives -- God has just the cure for His children.
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