After slugging it out with rocky ground and hard wood all morning, our team leaders gave us an hour to find a quiet space on our own to be alone with God and meditate. I curled up on a little bridge overlooking a gurgling mountain stream. What precious refreshment, just reading the scriptures, drinking in the beauty around me, and praying. Do you take time to get apart with God and meditate on the Bible every day? From the bottom of my heart, I hope so,because the Bible is the bread of life and the water of life to feed our souls. In Tomorrowland (a 2015, PG-rated, imaginative Disney sci-fi mystery adventure that I think would be family-friendly for youngsters), the heroine reminds the hero at various times of the old fable that there are two wolves within us, one light and the other dark. What grows within us depends on which “wolf” we feed. How true! Jesus taught us: “Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). The Word of God—the Bible—is not only the bread of life to teach us about God, the Word of God is “a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”
to keep us from stumbling (Psalm 119:105). So, if we want to feed the light “wolf,” we need to meditate on The Light!
“God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7)If you don’t have a daily “quiet time” when you meditate on God and His Word and fellowship with Him, please, please start trying to find time and space today, even if it’s just 5 minutes before you hop out of bed or go to sleep at night.
- “Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
- Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
- Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.
- Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.”
(—William D. Longstaff, 1882)
PS. I noticed this quote on a friend’s FB page today and thought it was worth adding! “One has said that while prayer is the day’s best beginning it must not be like the handsome title-page of a worthless book.” ~P. T. Forsyth