Take Time Out for God

Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
— Psalm 46:10

My wife and I were talking yesterday about not having enough time, and we're retired. We are not the only ones who think that. Not enough time is a common complaint and a common excuse.

In fact, I read that almost 50% of Americans do not feel that they have enough time to do the things they want to in their daily lives. Parents today particularly are stressed for time. In that same article it said that over 65% of adults with children under 18 say that they have too little time. Over 60% of adults with jobs reached the same conclusion, not enough time!

Let's all admit our guilt that we have busy lives, filled with personal, family, or business tasks. And, when we have free time, we usually indulge in hobbies or pleasures.

I got to thinking about this not enough time thing and the thought came to me, how does God fit in? Many may pause for a short prayer, or spend a few moments reading the Bible or a devotional. But what does this indicate about our attitude toward Almighty God?

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The Bible says in our text that we need to “be still” before Him. We cannot be still if our minds are preoccupied, filled with other thoughts. Or if He is just an afterthought. Being still means placing our emphasis on God Himself, eliminating all distractions and focusing on Him. It means times of dedicated prayer, not rushing but waiting in His presence, listening to Him, eager to hear His still, and small voice. It means reading and studying His Word, digging for truths, with a spirit of anticipation.

Take a minute this morning and answer this question, what role does God play in your life? Do you dedicate quality time to prayer and Bible reading? Or, in practical terms, have you squeezed Him out of your schedule? I confess, I'm guilty of this very thing and I use the excuse of not having enough time.

I think we all need to stop in our tracks and ask God to help us evaluate our priorities. We better be ready to make changes. Don’t take God for granted. Spending quality time with Him can lead to His blessings in all our activities. He can equip us and make us more efficient. I know one thing for sure, He can change your life.

My prayer this morning might encourage you to pray the same and from the heart of course. "Father, help me to quiet my spirit so I can hear from You. Forgive me for taking You for granted. You are more important to me than anything else. In Jesus’ name. Amen." God bless!