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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A Critical Need: Quiet Time With God!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


One day I had to drive to a location that was three hours away.  It's a trip I drive a few times a year and look forward to. I do because I love the rare opportunity to have three hours of quiet time. My life is a busy one and to have quiet time is something I have to schedule into my life. Even then, like yours, it's often interrupted. So when I have times like this where I know I won't be interrupted, they are a gift to me.

I am probably a little different from most people I know in the respect that when I am in my car, I love the quiet. I seldom turn on the radio other than to catch a weather report. Although I love Christian music of all kinds and have a wonderful sound system that came with my car, I seldom use it. I don't because as much as I love music, and I do, I have fallen in love with the quietness of my car to spent time with the Lord and to pray whenever I have the chance.

Psalms 46:10 says, Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

The words "Be still" in this verse, don't just mean "don't move." They mean to lean upon and to take hold of. These words also imply that we recognize our own weaknesses and our dependency upon God.

Do you remember ever talking with someone and sharing something that they needed to hear that would really help them, but they keep interrupting you? You respond, Will you please be quiet and listen to me? I am trying to tell you something. I am trying to help you! That is the implication behind these words "Be still and know that I am God." 

When God says those words, "Be still and know that I am God," He is telling us, Lean on me! Take hold of the fact that the God of the universe is your God. He is saying, One day, every nation will come to this reality and know it for themselves. When that day comes, I will be honored by all for who I am. Since you know this now, be stilllean on me, take hold of the fact that I am your God, and honor and praise me now for who I amfor I am your God. Because this is what He wants, Psalms 130:5 (NIV) speaks loudly to me. "I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope."

I hope you know this but whether you are consciously aware of it or not, you are always looking for answers and help. There are decisions and answers you need—big and small, on a regular basis. There are continuously things you desire to do and do well. There are choices you have to make—good and bad ever lying before you. You need help—God's help with all that! At least if your smart you know that.  And then you are surrounded by people that are looking for help, answers to life, and direction for their life that are always before you. It's God's plan to shape you into that godly man or woman that not only makes right decisions and does good things, but also has answers, help, and wisdom for others.

And people need your prayers. More than you could ever know. You see bad things happen to people but what you don't see is when bad things don't happen to people because you've prayed for them. What you don't see is the reason good things happen to people because you prayed for them. James 5:16 (NLT) says, "...pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results." 

It is for this reason I like to take hold of quiet time opportunities and meditate on the Lord and lean on Him. Waiting is not just sitting silent. Is reading or listening to His Word. It is Worshipping Him for who He is. It is praying prayers of thanksgiving or prayers of intercession for others. It is talking with God and sharing your heart or questions with Him. It is being quiet and letting God speak to your heart through His word. No man or woman can meet this need in your life. It can only be filled by spending quiet time with God.

I meditate on His greatness, His promises, and His love and goodness to me in my life. When I take this time, my spiritual focus and strength become stronger. My faith in the Lord's presence and miraculous working in my life becomes stronger. It also fuels and creates great desire in my prayer life to pray in faith for others. That is what I did for the bulk of my three hour drive that day. What an awesome time and what a way to make three hours pass like minutes!

Isaiah 40:31 (NLT) "But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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