Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

I just read this post regarding the recent passing of Dallas Willard. I have only read a little of Willard’s writings. I have read a few criticisms but have not yet found them justified. This is good stuff and it makes me want to read more. I know I need more of the Sabbath type rest that his writings speak about.

Our culture and we are far too hectic and I believe that the hectic pace of the average evangelical church is one of the major ways that we are conformed to the world and not transformed by a renewed mind. We seem to get some perverted sense of importance and exude an attitude that says “I am doing something for God” out of our busyness that is not only self-centered and self aggrandizing, but self-destructive. I have been a pastor long enough to know that too many of us love showing off our far too full daily calendars. Why should we brag about what appears to be a poorly veiled attempt at earning favour?

Just a few thoughts as we head into the weekend. Be still and know this weekend. Worship the Lord in the beauty of his holiness. Get away, if not physically, then spiritually – and rest a while.

Have a good one

Pastor Ken

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