Phil’s introduction: Priorities – they get turned around or upside down. We end up doing the urgent, or appease the squeaky wheel, rather than the important – the eternal. I battle it every day and so do you. A friend of mine in Atlanta hit the nail on the head. See if you agree. Revised from Buddy Hoffman’s Blog 1/20/2015
We ask, “What is the problem?”
It is pretty simple…
It is not so much that we are engaged and actively aggressively pursuing evil. It’s that we are just too active. It’s not that we are criminally engaged, we are just inattentive to the voice of God. It’s not that we are heretics, most people I know are just hectic in their activities of mind-numbing nothingness. It should make sense to anyone that minds empty of God will be empty of meaning. Our hunger for God is numbed by our addictions to substitutes and stimulants that hide our starving souls. We’re spiritual anorexics. We morphed into a point where we don’t even recognize what is the spiritual norm. Today’s lifestyle is lived at a pace that makes contemplation all but impossible and most people cannot imagine a life like Jesus lived. We cannot imagine a life without constant informational connectivity. We live in a noisy world where there is a lot competing for our attention; TV, phones, Facebook, emails. But the unintended consequence of constant informational connectivity is divine disconnection. We are so distracted with inconsequential information; our brains and our hearts are overloaded with timely data, leaving no space for timely deity. We are called in live a preoccupation with God who is worthy to be pursued at all cost and Who is pursuing us. We find ourselves in an age that has pushed the knowledge of God into the margins and we arrogantly assume that God should be grateful for the crumbs of our overcrowded schedule. We call ourselves efficient but God has not called us first to be efficient; He has called us to be passionate. We are spiritually diseased. Never have we have more to eat and have found ourselves more famished. Never have we had more stuff and been less satisfied. It is time we make time for the timeless.
Psalm 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am God.”