April 30, 2019

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m just not getting a lot out of my quiet time”? I think we’ve all been there – those times where we go through the motions of spending time in the Word and feel like we’ve gotten little to nothing out of it. I’m guessing there are lots of different reasons for that: maybe we’ve got unconfessed sin, or we’re too easily distracted, or we’re going through a season of grief, just to name a few. But I think another reason why we get so little out of our quiet times is that we approach the Bible expecting to get something out of it instead of expecting to encounter Someone through it. Some of us approach the Scriptures as an intellectual exercise, setting out to solve ancient paradoxes that have stumped theologians for centuries, and others read the Bible hoping to find God’s will for their lives or for a million other things we want to get from God. But God isn’t a genie and the Bible is not puzzle or a Magic 8 Ball! He’s left His Word on earth for us to get to know Him, and I mean really know God the Father, Jesus Christ His Son, and the Holy Spirit. We hear, read, study, memorize and meditate on the Scriptures, not just for what we can get out of Him – knowledge, peace, forgiveness, wisdom, strength, patience – but to be with God Himself. Our devotional time is where we spend one-on-one time with Jesus, listening for His voice through the Word and when we hear it, responding in grateful obedience. We enter into His Presence when we get close enough to let Him talk to us through the Word. We connect with Him and can experience the life-altering pleasure of emotional, intellectual and spiritual intimacy with God, an honor for which we are completely undeserving. There is NO such thing as living the abundant life without this kind of interaction with God through His Word and prayer. So instead of going to God with a, “What can I get out of this” kind of disposition, how about we approach our time in the Word from a, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening” kind of disposition, knowing we’re about to have an encounter with the God of the Universe? I’m thinking that would transform our quiet times.

Liz Hile
The Well Bible Study Ministry