"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." Joshua 1:8
December has been all about spending time with the Lord. As we are in the advent season, I think this is the perfect time to become more serious about our quiet times with the Lord. Previously, I talked about the steps we should take for a quality quiet time I even gave a few hacks to help make meeting with the Lord easier! We can only intimately know the Lord by spending time with him ourselves. We want this time to be productive, meaning we want to grow each and every time we meet with the Lord. Grow in wisdom, grow in knowing God, grow in carrying out the gospel. Today I will share with you 3 essential components for a productive quiet time with the Lord.
When we have a quiet time with the Lord, we should have the right motivation. It should be rooted in a desire to draw closer to the Lord. It should be unhurried. Jesus endured so much suffering for us, but it often seems like we can’t even give him 10 minutes of our time. We have to make sure that we are pausing our day to see what the Lord has to tell us. The Lord may lead us to blessings that we would never have obtained if we had a hurried time with him. We will also not see the growth that we wish to see if we are only making our quiet times a task to check off a list. Without a sincere heart, quiet times will lack the right motivation needed to make it a part of our daily routine.
2. COnsistency and commitment
Sincere hearts will lead you to being more committed and consistent in your time with the Lord. A commitment to the Lord should be a fruit that you produce. If you don’t have a strong commitment to the Lord, then I urge you to examine your walk with him. Are you really making him Lord of your life, or just a genie you call on when you are in need? If we truly are committed to God, then we will begin to crave time with him. We will begin to feel the emptiness when we neglect him for a few days. This commitment will ultimately leads to consistency. Because we are committed to the Lord, then we begin to consistently and fervently seek after him. That means that each day we choose to not go to sleep without giving the Lord his time. Isn’t it funny that he gave us eternal life but we can’t even give him a moment of this temporary one.
So you have a sincere heart, you are committed to the Lord, and consistently spend unhurried time with him. Now you need to evaluate the quality of the time you spend with the Lord. I keep using the word unhurried because that is one of the main causes of an unproductive quality time. The second is having no plan. You should have some sort of plan. For example, what you will study, how many verses, or what sermon. Usually I only study a few verses and use the Bible Verse Mapping method to really delve into those verses. I may only have read 3-4 scriptures, but the wisdom that I gain can many times far outweigh when I read a whole chapter. A plan can even be just meditating on God's word or in his peace. It doesn't have to be elaborate. It just helps you to focus during your time with him. Remember how I said unhurried. That means that when you know you only have a little bit of time throughout your day, you choose to read less and meditate more.
Sincerity, commitment, consistency, and quality are all essential components of a productive Quiet Time with the Lord. Sincerity begets commitment, commitment begets consistency, and consistency begets a daily routine built around the Lord, instead of one where we fit the Lord in. When we sit down and open our Bible, we should pray that God gives us a burning fire for him, a sincere heart, and desire to consistently draw closer to him daily. Go in Peace
Gracious God, Thank you for loving us. Thank you for relentlessly pursuing us. Help us to relentlessly pursue you. Give us focus in quiet times with you. Help us to know you better. In Jesus' Name, Amen.