Quieting ourselves

Date: Monday, July 14

ScripturePsalm 131

Verse: No. But I have calmed and quieted myself like a weaned child on its mother; I’m like the weaned child that is with me. (Psalm 131:2)

babywbottleThere are times when each of us will go through a spiritual dry spell. We come to devotions for several days in a row, and our mind wanders. Our prayer life becomes a focus on our struggles. We will read the Bible without comprehension because our mind is on the day ahead. Even church can feel a little wasted time when there is so much we want to accomplish. No matter how hard we try to seek God, during these times He may feel far away. It can be a very frustrating time.

Today’s psalm uses a great image to help us through these times. A child who was once crying due to her hunger, has now become quiet so she can receive the nourishment she needs. If she keeps crying, the hunger will continue. In order to have her needs met, she needs to become quiet and receive food that will help her grow. This can carry into adulthood as well – we get so busy we are always eating on the run, never taking time to receive proper nutrition.

As this is harmful to our physical bodies, it is also unhealthy for our spiritual lives. Many of us have become so busy that we never take the time to settle ourselves and receive spiritual nourishment from God. We need to get better at simply sitting still in God’s presence, and giving him the time to nourish us, to speak to us, to comfort us.

Prayer: Teach me, Holy Spirit, to be still and receive what you have for me. Amen.

Action: Set a time for 2 minutes, and sit quietly in God’s presence, ready to receive what he has for you.

Respond: Do you take time to receive good nutrition physically? Spiritually?

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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