Part of living in the country is driving twelve minutes or so to get to the nearest town. I love making the drive, rolling my windows down and turning my favorite worship music way up.
But in the midst of technology and a busy schedule, sometimes I forget to allow for quiet moments of stillness.
We live in a world that provides an endless supply of information.
As believers, we have the ability to access thousands of Scripture commentaries without leaving our living room, or watch an online sermon with a satellite connection in the middle of a remote jungle.
I’ve listened to a Bible app read aloud whole chapters while I mow my yard, watched live streaming church services while cooking dinner, and enjoyed in-depth social media conversations about how Scripture lines up with current events.
However, I still have to make quiet time with God a priority as well.
This means turning off my phone, closing my laptop, and getting away from any other distraction-no matter how good it is.
I need to sit alone and still in a quiet place to pray and listen for the Holy Spirit.
Don’t get me wrong. I pray while driving, before I go to sleep every night, and with my family over each meal. I pray at church, with friends, and every week in preparation for writing on this blog.
Praying everywhere and all the time is what we should be doing.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
But how many times do we set aside quiet time with God, where He is the main focus and not the temporary or secondary one?
How about patiently listening for Him to speak and direct?
20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me…22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ~Jesus (Revelation 3:20, 22)
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. ~Jesus (John 10:27)
We’re to be quick to listen and slow to speak (James 3:19), hear what the Lord will speak (Psalm 85:8), and hear God’s voice (Isaiah 28:23) …and the list goes on and on.
Clearly, God really wants us to spend more time listening or hearing Him than speaking and asking.
Moreover, how are we to hear His voice or what the Holy Spirit is guiding us to do or say in a situation if we’re never still enough to listen?
Being still, praying, and patiently listening to God should always come first in our schedule.
As a Bible nerd, I love technology because it allows me to learn something new about God every single day.
But, all of the knowledge in the world is worth nothing without maintaining my relationship with God through His son, Jesus Christ.
2 …for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; 3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; 4 for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young—5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. ~Proverbs 1:1-7
If wisdom and knowledge comes from fearing (respecting as the authority) the Lord, I need to make sure I’m spending enough time with Him to know who He is and what He’s asking of me.
“…Be still, and know that I am God…” ~Psalm 46:10