Unspeakable Joy Devotional

April 23rd

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Quiet Time with God. Like most of you reading this, my morning was quite hectic, but nonetheless adventurous. I went with my son, Colin, to remove a deer blind from some property near where we live. When I got to the back of the property and to the hill, I paused. I thanked God for allowing me to see such beauty in His works upon this earth. And then I prayed, thanking God for allowing me to see Him in the midst of chaos and my complaining and give Him the glory that I was able to be still and see Him all around me. I prayed while I was there and knew there was a purpose to everything that I do and to see God in all things.

We can’t hear God’s voice when we are distracted by the world. We must be alone with Him and find a quiet place. Many times Jesus went alone to be with God. Mark 1:35 “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

After Jesus fed the 5,000, He withdraws to be alone with God. Jesus was teaching his followers to do the same. Matthew 14:23 “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.  When evening came, he was there alone…”  One time, they had been in the middle of a really busy season, and Jesus pulls His followers aside, and He says to them: Mark 6:31 “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

Today make sure you spend time alone with Him. Withdraw from people, noise, cell phones, computers, all the stimulation of life to be with God. One of the hardest things is to have a consistent daily time with God. Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

The way to get to know someone is to spend time with them. The same is true in our relationship with the Lord. Read His words and meditate not only their meaning in Scripture, but the relevant meaning to your life today. May you desire to hear from God today and each day of your life.

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