Posted: Wednesday, June 13
1 Kings 11:1-12:19
Verse of the Day:
“I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp. Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself,” (Psalms 131:1-2)
Life moves at a pretty fast pace. Season seem to last for weeks, not months. We look back and things seem to be happening faster and faster. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. Sometimes we can have so much noise in our lives that it is hard to hear. Sometimes we just need to stop.
For the month of June I have made a personal commitment to spend an extra hour each day in prayer and being quiet before God. This is not my normal practice or does not replace my normal devotional time. It seems lately that life has been moving so quickly that I am tired. Instead of vegging in front of the TV or mindlessly scrolling through social media, I have decided to stop and listen.
It has been hard so far. I find it easy to pray and talk to God, but to sit quietly for 20 to 30 minutes and just listen is hard. I find my mind beginning to try to figure things out instead of listening for the voice of God. Like the psalmist, I need to learn how not to concern myself with the things I cannot change or that are too “great and awesome” for me to understand. I need to learn to let God be God and me be me. I can do what he calls me to do, only if I actually hear from him. So I have to learn how to sit quietly.
When I was a kid, the worst punishment I could ever remember was to be told to sit or stand in the corner. That is cruel and unusual punishment. I would take physical punishment any day over having to stop and be still. I still struggle with that as an adult.
When was the last time you intentionally calmed yourself before God and just got quiet? Not praying, not processing, just listening for God’s voice? If you have never tried it or it has been a long time let me invite you to join me on a month long journey to hear God. I need to hear his voice. I think you many need to as well. So let’s learn together how to sit, quietly.