I went shopping with my wife recently. I walked around the store with her for about five to ten minutes, and as usual, I got bored and started to ramble. I do that a lot when we go shopping. I found myself in the pharmacy section and saw that there was an automatic blood pressure machine.
I always get my blood pressure checked when I see one of those machines. It helps me justify why I never go to the doctor. I have had my pressure checked on those machines more times than I can remember, but this particular time I noticed something that I hadn’t before.
Before the test, there was a recording of a nurse who said, “Please be patient the test takes less than a minute.” I thought to myself, ”Be patient for something that takes less than a minute.” I knew the manufacturer of the machine felt it necessary to put in that little word of encouragement because there are a lot of people in this world who do not want to sit in that seat for even a minute.
Now you might think, “What is wrong with being in a hurry and getting things done?” There is nothing wrong with getting things done; however, we need to be mindful of always being in a hurry. I’ll tell you why. There are two reasons. The first is found in a verse in the book of Psalms that is very relevant to today’s attitude of go go go. We read in Psalms 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
The fact is that we get so enthralled concerning self and the things of this world that we have very little, if any, time to consider the Lord. The Lord tells us to “be still” because to be still is a choice, and the Lord wants us to choose Him over the things of the world.
The second reason is found in no less than ten verses which tell us to “meditate” on the word of God. That term meditate means to revolve in the mind. We are to allow the word of God to revolve in our minds as the Holy Spirit speaks to us concerning its truths.
There was something that I learned a long time ago. You can not listen and talk at the same time. If we are so busy in life that we can not even wait a minute for a machine to measure our blood pressure how are we ever going to find time to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us concerning God’s word. I would like to end this devotion with a simple word of encouragement. Find time to find God. He is certainly worth the wait.