Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Don't Idolize the "Perfect" Quiet Time

 By: Rebekah Hargraves

Photo Courtesy Of: Sixteen Miles Out

For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart."

~Hebrews 4:12

We as busy women often lament that we just don’t have time to be in God’s Word. I could sit here and tell you that we make time for what is important to us and that if we have time to scroll social media, then we have time to be in the Word. And that would be true.

But I think our trouble oftentimes goes far deeper than that.

I think our real problem is that we think being a “good” Christian means that we have the idolized quiet time every morning where we are up before the sun, with hot cup of coffee in hand, worship music playing, candle burning, birds beginning to sing outside our window, and an hour to spend with the Lord before the rest of the household wakes up.

While such a Bible study time is wonderful, it’s not the be-all, end-all. It’s not all that or nothing. At least it shouldn’t be.

Do we somehow think God disappears at night or in the afternoon? He is just as present then as He is first thing in the morning.

Do we somehow think God runs from noise? He is just as present in the noise when all our kids are up as He is in the quiet solitude of early morning.

What we have to understand is that the power is not in the atmosphere surrounding the time we spend in the Word. The power is in the Word of God itself.

It is alive and active, guaranteed to never return void, but to accomplish what God has purposed for it to accomplish - any time of the day or night!

Reflection Questions:

1) Have you been known to idolize a certain kind of quiet time?

2) When and how is the Lord calling you to spend time in His Word on a regular basis?

3) What happens when we wrongly think the atmosphere surrounding our time in the Word has to be a certain way?

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