a good day to ask yourself, “When did I last spend some quiet time with God?”
“Be still and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10a NIV
Finding quiet time to spend with God can be a challenge in these busy times. We are all in a hurry to get here or go there; to run this errand or fulfill that obligation; rushing to work and even rushing off to play. We find it difficult to find time for our spouses, our children and ourselves.
We all should be aware of the consequences of not finding time for ourselves and our families. When we don’t find time to spend with those we love, those relationships suffer tremendously. Husbands and wives become unhappy, disgruntled, and may harbor feelings of resentment or abandonment. Divorce may follow, which is not good for anyone. When we neglect our children they are going to have only the influence of their friends to guide them, and not ours, and the gap between us and them grows wider.
When we don’t find time to interact with those we love, the relationship suffers, affecting everyone. Time to play, time to work, and time to just sit quietly and enjoy the presence of those we love are all extremely important. A family needs to share all that life has to offer in order to be healthy.
God needs quiet time with us as well. Can’t find the time? Everything we have or have available to us we have because of God. Our very lives and the lives of our spouses and children are possible because of God. How can we possibly deny something that costs us nothing to the one who gives us everything?
Don’t have the time? How much time will we spend today playing computer games? How much time will we spend today reading an entertainment magazine? How much time will we spend today letting people we don’t even know become aware of every little thing we do? How much time will we spend today engaging in idle gossip?
Hopefully, we are all becoming aware that we really do have time in our days for everyone we love, and God should certainly be included in that group.
God gives us everything and asks so little in return. With very little effort on our part, we can spend a few minutes in the quiet presence of God and when someone asks us, “When did you last spend quiet time with God?” Our response will be, “Why, just today!”
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson