Living In The Moment
Daily Devotional Series - Day 16
Reading: Ecclesiastes 5:1-3
The “Teacher” points out that even in his day and age how easy it was for people to get lazy in their faith-life. We forget that God is God. Our prayers usually have a lot of our words but not enough of His. When the clock strikes a certain time we need to get onto the next thing.
This is one of those days that I want you to click the “Reading” link. (I want you to every day but I’m a realist). If you get a chance, change the translation “The Message.” Wow.
What kind of listener are you? I have to admit, I’m not always the best. When I come to God’s house, it’s usually to do something. Rarely do I sit and listen. Sing some songs. Say some prayers. Nod off during the sermon. Have communion. Talk to people. We may leave feeling a little better about life but then we go on. It becomes routine. When you come to the building do you expect God to show up? At what point do you stop and listen?
In recent months, in my morning devotion time, I try to make sure to do some “listening.” I set my alarm for 5 minutes so I won’t be tempted to check the clock to see if I’ve listened enough. Then I’m silent. The first minute is excruciating. But more often than not something beautiful happens. God shows up. The Holy Spirit that resides in me connects us. He has answers. He has questions that lead to answers.
“God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.”