By Pastor Larry Campbell
BIBLE MEDITATION: “When they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples.” (Mark 4:34 NKJV)
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: “A recent survey confirms what most of us suspect: stress is increasing as work encroaches more and more on our personal time. The electronic age hasn't slowed the onslaught of mail, memos, books and periodicals we must read just to keep up. A PR consultant who fields 400 emails, 100 phone calls and 20 text messages every day says, 'I used to stop working when it got too late to make calls. Now I'm never finished.' Now she lives in the country behind a mountain because there's no phone signal there, and if they ever erect a mobile phone transmitter mast she says she'll move!
It's critical to schedule one-on-one time with God, otherwise it won't happen. Mark says, 'When they were alone, [Jesus] explained all things to His disciples.' There are things the Lord will reveal to you only when you '… Meditate within your heart… and be still' (Psalm 4:4 NKJV). In High Call, High Privilege Gail MacDonald writes: 'The ancient Desert Fathers used to commit themselves to a disciplinary creed: silence, solitude and inner peace. Only after adequate amounts of time listening, did they consider themselves ready to speak…’
Among many Christian[s] today there's a strange… logic [suggesting] that spiritual resource and renewal are found in constantly seeking new voices, attending more meetings, listening to incessant music, and gathering to exchange half-thought-out opinions. How often do we fall into the trap of believing that God is most pleased when we've maximized our information, our schedules, and our relationships? Disengagement means silence before God… a time of heavenly discussion during which we listen more than we speak. And silence demands solitude.' Bottom line: You need one-on-one time with God!” (Bob Gass)
ACTION POINT: When was the last time you spent some real quality one-on-one time with God? We have spent enough time doing the things of the world; our quality time has been spent elsewhere in the past. We have to make a conscientious effort to spend time with the Lord! I cannot make the emphasis on this any harder. As people in the church, as people seeking a way out of our past way of living, as people who are disturbed by what is happening in the world today, as people who have been faithful to Christ for as long as they can remember, the answer to what troubles you is Quality Time spent with God.
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