Fri, March 03, 2017
The Quiet of God in Our Noisy Living
The remedy for distractions is the same now as it was in earlier and simpler times, viz., prayer, meditation and the cultivation of the inner life. The psalmist said “Be still, and know,” and Christ told us to enter into our closet, shut the door and pray unto the Father. It still works.
“Let us return to ourselves, brothers,” said the Greek saint Nicephorus, “ . . . for it is impossible for us to become reconciled and united with God if we do not first return to ourselves, as far as it lies in our power, or if we do not enter within ourselves, tearing ourselves--what a wonder it is!--from the whirl of the world with its multitudinous vain cares and striving constantly to keep attention on the kingdom of heaven which is within us."
Distractions must be conquered or they will conquer us. So let us cultivate simplicity; let us want fewer things; let us walk in the Spirit; let us fill our minds with the Word of God and our hearts with praise. In that way we can live in peace even in such a distraught world as this. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you."
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Experiencing God's calm in all of the noise of life will mean choosing the simpler life, conquering the distractions and daily walking by the Spirit. Are we ready to so live?
I want to know Your peace, Lord, not mine but Yours. Peace despite problems, turmoil and all the distractions. You have given me Your peace. May I receive it and live in it.