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Stop the Noise!!

By Don Loftis | 11.12.09

In his sermon “Whistling in the Dark,” Frederick Buechner says, “You have to be quiet to hear.” Often we are so busy talking that we never really hear the words or messages spoken by those around us. In addition, our culture poses so much noise and so many distractions that we often fail to hear clearly. Our heads are filled with competing voices at work and at home as well as myriads of media messages every day.

Jesus recognized the need to find solitude. Mark 1:35 records, “In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” After some of the disciples return from their own ministry, Mark 6:31 adds, “And Jesus said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.’ (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)” Can you identify with that?

Let me suggest four things we can do in order to discover “quiet time” to truly sense God’s presence and His will:

(1) Get away — Turn off the TV, drive to the lake or go out on your deck.

(2) Allow for an extended period of prayer (more than a three minute segment) so there is time to think.

(3) Read the Bible at times other than to prepare a sermon or lesson — allow the text to speak to you.

(4) Give up one discretionary activity a week and trade it in for quiet time just for you and the Lord.


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