Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church
Flourish Day 4
The neighborhood we live in is anything but quiet… we are 2 blocks from a fire station and about 3 blocks from the local police station. Sirens fill the air at all times of the day. Across the street is an open lot where there is a coffee bar and impromptu concerts are known to happen. A high school is just around the corner, so the voices of students coming and going are heard through the open windows of our apartment. Noise is our constant companion.
The world today is filled with hustle and bustle and is, as a whole, a noisy place. Our days are filled with noise…We jog with “ear-buds” plugged in so we can listen to music, we carry cell phones in our pockets so we can stay connected, we pop the latest music disc into the CD players in our cars or turn on the radio to hear the latest news. Silence is often an anomaly.
We have come to believe that if we are not busy we are not being productive. Noise is so much a part of our lives that we are uncomfortable with quietness in our world. As any parent of a toddler knows, it is when there is no noise that you suspect something is up! The great missionary Jim Elliott once said, “I think the devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds…Satan is quite aware of the power of silence.”
We read in Mark 1:35 that Jesus “very early in the morning, while it was still dark, got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.” He knew how important it was to find peace and quiet in order to renew His soul. So is it possible to find peace in a noisy world? I believe it is but it does not just happen. It takes unplugging from our crazy busy lives and seeking solitude.
As good as it sounds, retreating to the mountains for a weekend of peace and quiet is not possible every week…which means we need to find that peace in the confines of our daily walk through life. If you look hard enough you can find moments in your day to step into solitude. Try to find those times within your routine to commune with God and watch how they will empower your busiest days and diffuse stress. Turn off the car radio, silence your cell phone ringer and listen for God’s voice. Find creative places for solitude… take a walk in the early morning and talk to God… wake up early and spend time with the Lord before the busyness of the day sets in upon you… make moments of renewing your soul part of your daily walk.
Spend time alone with God and listen for His voice amid the noise of the world. There, and only there, will you find the peace that passes all understanding.
Isaiah 26:3 English Standard Version (ESV)
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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