Quiet Time

Mar 13, 2024 | The Chuck Wagon

“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God…”  1John 3:1a; NASB

Sometimes the best thing we can do is just stop doing. When computers, smartphones, and smartwatches were originally conceived, we were told they would make life easier. It is easy to see how that is not the case. Every step of this technology revolution has caused problems both mentally and socially. That’s not to say it’s all bad, but it certainly is not all good. We seem to have less time to ourselves than any generation before us, and that progression is not slowing down.

The Bible tells us to “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10, ESV). When was the last time you just sat alone and invited the Lord to join you? It is impossible to fully recharge without quiet alone time with the Lord. Our minds refuse to slow down when we are in motion. God’s love for us is so deep that we cannot fully appreciate it without giving Him our full attention. Thinking about it throughout the day, or when things get unsettled, is comforting. However, without a solid foundation in its depth, a fleeting thought will only go so far.

Paul told us, “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God” (Ro. 8:16). Sitting quietly and prayerfully can revitalize you regardless of what is going on in your life. This is because when we do this we connect with what is going on between our spirit and His Spirit. By “prayerful” I do not mean pleading with Him for what you think will satisfy you. Just sit in worship, praising Him for His love for you. This might be difficult at first, especially if life has been traumatic (or just crazy) recently. If life has been this way for you, it is even more reason to put aside all your thoughts about what is going on and focusing on Him alone. Any outside distractions will defeat this process, so make a concentrated effort to getting this “quiet time” daily, or at least several times per week.

God is our Father, the perfect Father. His love for His children is beyond what we can understand. Being a child of God is a special privilege we need to cherish. Our Father wants us to enjoy the blessings of being His. In His Word we are told, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (Jn. 1:12). Make time this week to just sit in His presence. Invite Him to join you. Chances are you will “see how great a love the Father has bestowed on us” in a new and wonderful way.

God bless and have a great week

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