You get in the car and turn on the tunes. You hit the gym and pop in the ear buds. You walk in the door and turn on the TV. The phone never stops beeping, the dog is barking and the kids have yet to learn what an “inside” voice is. Once dinner is over and kids are down the TV is still on. I would venture to say even your bathroom is not a media free zone. Finally, it’s bedtime, you say your prayers, fall asleep and do it again the next day. Like bees in a tar bucket the buzzing of the world never stops. You are so busy, your “quiet time” is spent listening to a podcast in the car and the “You Version” read the Bible to you. “Why yes Pastor, I read my bible and have quiet time every day!” Really? If your quiet time is not quiet…is it really quiet time?
Music, podcasts and audio books are a great blessing to our modern world, but I would submit to you, multitasking God into your life cannot take the place of quiet time before the Lord. That simple act of just “being” in His presence, and listening for His voice, sort of quiet time, a time that is distraction free, devoted solely to just “being” with Him. As a parent of grown children I love when they call to talk to me, tell me recent news, send photos etc., but that cannot compare to the joy when they come to visit, for no reason! Just to “be” with me, not in a rush to go anywhere, but to laugh, hug and share time together. John Piper said, “We were made to meditate. God designed us with the capacity to pause and ponder. He means for us to not just hear him, but to reflect on what he says.”
The book of Psalms is dominated by the call to meditate on the Lord, His goodness and His word. Psalm 1:1-2 Explains to us, one who is blessed, one who is happy is not the one who took the speed read thru his daily devotional but rather meditated on it day and night.
When was the last time you sat in silence for more than 5 minutes? Would your family survive a media free evening? Is your life a constant din of noise? Are you perpetuating the constant whirl of noise and stimulation? Are you by example teaching your children to require constant stimulation of media?
There is a profound solution to the dilemma…….…turn it off! Singing songs about Jesus, reading the Bible, devotionals and stories about Jesus are essential to our daily lives. But talking TO Jesus and singing TO Jesus = priceless. It’s the difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge. It is the difference between hearing a thing and knowing a thing. It can be the difference between weakness and strength for the journey. I encourage you to turn off the noise and get alone with Him.
-Pat Reed (A beloved of Jesus. A wife, a mother & grandmother. A worshiper. A cancer survivor. Passionate about seeing the lost come to Christ.)