God made the world with a beat.
The earth spins on its axis approximately every 24 hours. The moon spins around the earth about every 27 days. The average human heart beat is 60-100 beats per minute. God’s got rhythm.
Not only does God have rhythm, God gives rhythm. In Exodus 20:8-11, God gives rhythm to His people. He says, “Here is My beat.” Of course God is polyrhythmic: In Exodus 23:10 God tells his people that they (and the land) need a break every 7 years. God lays down a party beat in Exodus 23:14 (ESV), “Three times in the year you shall keep a feast to me.” Yearly, monthly, daily there is a rhythm that God gives us.
Jesus told his friends that this rhythm was made for us, for our thriving (Mark 28). If we want to thrive, we should be listening for the rhythm of God. How many of us take a day off? How many of us pause throughout the day to reflect on God, God’s will, and God’s purpose? In his book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Peter Scazzero advocates for Christians to recover the ancient practice of the “Daily Office”. In other words, having set times during the day to be with God in prayer. By pausing to be with God in the middle of the day, we remind ourselves that we are dependent on Jesus. We listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit, and are renewed for the task ahead for the Glory of the Father. These pauses can be anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour – the importance is that we stop, be silent & still, and listen to God.
I confess, I’m not very good at these rhythms, but I’m committed to practicing them. I’d invite you to practice them with me. I found that when I was learning guitar with a group, I got much better than any amount of learning on my own.