2014-03-27 - Whatever Happened to Quiet Time?
Mark 6:46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
Life is very hectic.
Some of you are shaking your heads and thinking, "Understatement of the day." Some would replace hectic with frustrating or brutal depending on your situation. My own life is severely overbooked right now. First thing in the morning I start thinking of what items are optional. That's not a good mindset to start the day.
God created seven days and on that first day of the week we are suppose to rest. Someone I know took a trip to Israel and had the great blessing to have been asked to stay with a family there. The family were Messianic Jews. Saturday night a large crock pot was prepared and put in the refrigerator. Sunday morning it was pulled out and turned on as they headed for worship. When they got back the house was filled with the smell of delicious food. They sat and had lunch and had a great discussion about the music and the sermon. They sat all afternoon with their Bibles open in their laps talking about the Lord.
Quiet time - time set apart to exhale, read a devotion or Bible verses and pray - and listen. How hard is it to sit in a room alone and think about what we just read and listen for answers and insights. Can you do it for just five minutes? At first it may be hard. We are so conditioned to be going over our to do list and moving to do the next thing.
Jesus was up on that mountain long enough for his disciples to get a good way out into the Sea of Galilee into a headwind. He needed that time. If the Messiah needed quiet time we also need it. I think of the hymn that starts - "Oh Lord, my God. When I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds thy hands hath made ", then my soul within me reaches to grasp Your omnipotence and love for me and my soul sings praises to my Savior. When is the last time you took a few minutes to consider what God has done for you and for me?
Is He worth five minutes for all He has done for you? If you're reading that's a good start. Then stop afterward and close your eyes for three minutes with Him if you're starting out. See if your day doesn't improve. It may still be a difficult day, but knowing that the Holy Spirit is with you helping you through it is a comfort.
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee. How great Thou art. How great Thou art.
Praise You Lord for all the wonders you have created for our benefit. Thank you for your mercy and grace that is new every day if we will stop and take it in. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.