“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
Proverbs 2:6 ESV
When I saw the topic for the blog this month, I panicked. How was I supposed to write about my ideas for daily quiet time, when it is an area where I lack consistency? At first, I considered just not contributing to this month’s blog, but I began to pray about it. God helped me realize that I am not the only one who struggles with consistency in this area, and if I am able to share my struggles, maybe it will help someone else.
I have never been a morning person. It is my least favorite time of day. If the world could just move the start of the day to about 10 am, that would be ideal! Yet, I have always heard it suggested that a person should begin their day by having quiet time. I see people talking about waking up early before their kids are awake to drink coffee, read their Bible and spend quiet time with God. How do they do this?! I have tried having quiet time in the morning, but I never lasted for long before I would get frustrated with myself for lack of consistency and quit making quiet time a priority.
That is, until one Wednesday night many years ago. That night Ralph Burrage was teaching at church on quiet time, and what he said has stuck with me until now. He said that if a person was so busy that they got to work and realized they forgot to eat breakfast, they would not just throw their hands up in the air and say, “Well, now I forgot to eat breakfast! I might as well just give up and not eat again!” Instead, that the person would be hungry and would just pick up again as soon as they remembered.
In Matthew 4, Jesus was being tempted by the devil after having fasted for 40 days and nights. I’m sure after 40 days of not eating I would have been looking for anything to eat. Yet Jesus responded to the temptation to turn stones into bread by saying, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4, ESV). Jesus was referencing Deuteronomy 8, where the Israelites were being reminded not to forget God and all He had done for them when they made it to the Promised Land and life was good and easy.
Yet that is what we do. When life is hard and there are the challenges of the world coming at me, I am quick to cling to God’s Word, but when life is going well I struggle to maintain that same consistency. Just as we would not just give up eating because we forgot to eat one meal, we should not give up studying God’s Word for the day because we missed our quiet time.
If you struggle with consistency in your quiet time, I challenge you to make it a priority this week. Pick a time that works for you whether you are a morning person or a night owl. Perhaps your lunch break or your child’s nap time is the only quiet time in your day. Make spending time in God’s Word a priority for you this week. As you do, think about these questions and feel free to share your responses in the comment section.
What time of day do you find you are most able to devote to having a quiet time with God?
Share a favorite Bible study you have taken part in that may encourage another mom to begin her quiet time.
Did you miss your quiet time today? If so, the day is not over yet! Pick up your Bible and spend some time with God. Share something that God showed you today!
Forgive us for the times we have shifted our focus away from you and Your Word and allowed the busyness of the day to prevent us from making time in Your Word a priority. Help us to see time reading the Bible and praying as vital as the food we eat and the air we breathe. Thank you for being faithful, even when we are not.