The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Psalm 23:1-3 ESV
But the news about Him spread even more,
and large crowds would come together to hear Him
and to be healed of their sicknesses.
Yet He often withdrew to deserted places and prayed.
Luke 5:15-16 HCSB
Such a busy world we live in today.Running here and there, to and fro.The world tells us busy is better.Doing nothing is laziness.This is not the message we receive from God’s Word or Jesus’ life.
God rested on the seventh day of creation.He commanded a day of rest for His people each week.Scripture overflows with references of rest, restoration, and times of reflection.Jesus Himself “often withdrew to deserted places and prayed”.If He needed to do this how can I think I don’t need to spend time with God?
Notice it doesn’t say to talk at or to monopolize the conversation.It says to talk together, an interchange.I try to spend more time listening than talking.If anyone is going to monopolize the conversation I want it to be God, not me.I do share my thoughts, concerns, and needs with Him.He wants to hear from me.But mostly, I listen in stillness and the quiet.It’s the best part of my day.
Starting each day in communion with Him blesses my day.Spending time in His word, reading devotional books, and communing with Him all strengthen my walk and enable me to follow the path for that day.
I’m grateful God calls me to withdraw and spend time with Him.I’m thankful Jesus set the example for me.Those sweet times of communion are glimpses into an eternity spent in His presence.I cannot wait!
Do yourself a favor.Pause with God before you begin your day.It will touch your life in ways you cannot imagine.God is like that, you know.