Superfluous means excess and unnecessary. Cluttered desks, cluttered tables, and cluttered living spaces cause our thoughts to be cluttered and undisciplined.
When I typed the 35 ebooks in 2016, I put two spaces after each sentence. It was the way I was taught back in high school. However, in compiling seven ebooks into a paperback, I have to delete the extra space. You would be amazed at how much it saves in the printed product.
The superfluous in our lives is an entanglement. 2 Timothy 2:4 says, “No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”
We are soldiers in God’s army. In order to have clear minds, we need to remove the superfluous. This sheltering in time is a great opportunity to evaluate the essentials.
An essential is something that is absolutely necessary. It is extremely important. Therefore anything that pulls us away from walking in truth needs to be removed. 1 Peter 1:24-25 says, “…all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
Verse 25 reiterates for us that God’s word is an essential. It is through His word that we learn the truth to apply to our hearts. 1 John 1:6 says, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”
Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Part of speaking truth in our hearts comes from verbally speaking God’s word.
Psalm 46:10 says, “…Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 131:2 says, “Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.” Psalm 23:2 says that our Shepherd leads us beside the still waters.”
Moses’ words to the children of Israel are great words for us as well. The uncrossable Red Sea was before them, and Pharaoh and his army behind them. They were in a humanly impossible situation. Exodus 14:13 says, “…Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today…”
Learning to be still before the Lord is an essential. We cannot hear His still small voice when our heart is cluttered with the anxieties and cares of this world. Jesus went apart from the crowd to be alone with the Father.