Devotion for April 15, 2024

“At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place …” (Luke 4:42a)

Jesus as True Man and True God shows us His human side, with which we can certainly identify. Today, He’s taking some time out. Such a human thing to do.

How often don’t we speak and hear the words “I’m so busy … “? As an allegedly retired person, it’s not unusual to hear fellow retirees saying things like “I’ve never been busier.” I see our children and grandchildren hurtling from one activity to another. We are so busy doing things.

Have you thought about what it means to just be — not doing anything, just being? The psalmist says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10), which has been used as the basis for a reflective song featuring the words: “Be still and know that I am God; I am the Lord that healeth thee; Commit thy way unto the Lord” (James Daniel, “Be Still and Know That I Am God”).

Taking time to be rather than constantly doing things allows us to recharge our batteries, renew our energy and re-center our thinking. We can reconnect with God and allow God’s spirit to fill our hearts and revive our flagging spirits. And what a bonus if that quiet time is taken in a place that is enhanced by God’s beautiful creation, and time is allowed to just be in God’s presence.

Where is your solitary place? It’s not so easy to find such places in these days of internet access and mobile phones. In fact, FOMO (fear of missing out) is now a recognized “thing”. I wonder whether our enforced busyness and distraction by our modern devices is causing us to have less space in our hearts for hearing what God is saying to us. And, if you’ll pardon the pun, switching off is becoming more difficult.

Just a thought — maybe we can learn from Martin Luther, who allegedly said: “I have so much to do (today) that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”

Prayer

Lord, our lives are so busy we don’t take the time to talk to You. Help me to make the time to worship You and talk to You, so that my life will be richer and complete. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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