Daily Devotion Thursday, June 20

Thursday, June 20, 2013 – Psalm 62; 1 Samuel 2:27-36; Acts 2:22-36 and Luke 20:41-21:4

Psalm 62 – 1   For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
2   He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall never be shaken.

This Sunday the sermon is entitled, “Deceleration Dilemma”. The text is 1 Kings 19:1-15, which is the account of the prophet Elijah fleeing for his very life and hearing God not in the midst of the strong wind, an earthquake or fire but in sheer silence. We live in a time when we can stay really busy seeking God on the internet, through music, through sermons, through television even. We live in a time of busyness.

It was when Elijah stopped and listened to sheer silence that he heard God’s voice. I know we can here God in the midst of the chaos of life, in the midst of our busy life. Yet I hear the Psalm and the text for Sunday saying; stop, look and listen.

Last week I listed many different spiritual disciplines. One of the disciplines under disciplines of abstinance was; Silence: No noise or conversation. Just you and God.

I invite you to find some time today to just be with God in silence. Find a really quiet place and just be with God. No conversation. No reading of scripture. No prayer on your part, simply silence. Simply you and God.

I’m presently on my back porch watching the fog lift off of Lake Taneycomo. It’s always so beautiful to watch. God’s blanket of the night being pulled back to reveal the beauty of the hills on the other side of the lake from us, maybe once again revealing the eagle family; dad, mom and this year’s new born eagle already flying about with mom and dad. I share that because I can’t find silence here, for I hear the birds singing, squirrels making their way across the deck and even some sounds of the far away traffic. I’ll have to find another place to seek God in silence.

Since this isn’t something I do regularly, I’ll be seeking to only spend 15 minutes or so, quieting myself with God.

Experiment with decelerating yourself and your life with God. I’ll begin my time with God by saying;

Psalm 62 – 1   For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
2   He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall never be shaken.

O God, be with me as I quiet myself before you, seeking to hear your voice through the silence of my time with thee. Amen.

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