This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.
We live in a noisy, fast-paced world. We are constantly inundated with information. Many of us have a cell phone with us all day, every day. And we don't just use our phones to talk. We also use them to connect to our computers or TVs when we are away from them. This phenomenon has given a new meaning to the word "unplugged." It now means to turn off our cell phones, computers and TVs for a period of time.
But it's not really a new idea. The prophet Isaiah advocated getting "unplugged" thousands of years ago. He said we need rest and quietness for salvation and strength. We need to be able to hear the "still, small voice" of the Lord. Yet, he said the Israelites "would have none of it." Sadly, we are much the same.
Over 50 years ago (before cell phones and laptop computers), Rev. A.W. Tozer warned about the busyness of our modern world. He said: "We Christians must simplify our lives or lose untold treasures on earth and in eternity. Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but impossible. The need for solitude and quietness was never greater than it is today."
Is anyone listening to Isaiah or Rev. Tozer? How about getting unplugged today?
Dear Lord, Help me not to let the noises of the world drown out Your Voice.