I hope everyone enjoyed or are still enjoying their labor-day weekend (if you have more days off than Monday). What better way to kick off this week than with a Quiet Time post from me. Today’s lesson talks about being still, keeping the vision, and relearning how to listen. The readings for the lesson comes from the following:
- Exodus 14:14
- Habakkuk 2: 1-3
- Isaiah 50: 4-9
Let’s begin with this morning’s story. The reading can be found in Exodus 14:14
The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”
–Exodus 14:14 NASB
To start, the reading shows us Moses leading the Israelites to freedom. Pharaoh and his army are in pursuit. The people of Israel at this point are terrified, confused, and anxious because so many thoughts are going through minds, from being put back into slavery to dying out in the wilderness. But Moses assures them that everything is going to be ok.
It made me think about what I’ve been going through the past two weeks. I’ve been battling with a shopping addiction that I can’t seem to kick for the past 3 years now, but it’s kicking my butt in my finances. I eat healthy, but when my groceries dwindle in my fridge, and there’s nothing left to cook, I retreat to UberEats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until my next paycheck comes in. Also, when I work out with others, I’m motivated to keep going, but when one person falls off the bandwagon, I fall off as well. Finally, I’m working hard on turning my passions into my dream career, but I have moments when I ask myself am I meant to do this, why am I even doing this, or is it even worth it?
After reflecting over these past two weeks, and going through the lesson, I learned that I need to be still. It seems whenever I have these moments in my life, God is constantly reminding me to be still and that He is fighting my battles for me. God reminds me to be still, however I’m too hard-headed to listen. Yesterday, after I stressed over my assignment for Week 04, I used the rest of my day to rewire my thinking. I woke up today feeling well-rested, not tired, and ready to start my day not worrying about anything. So, if I continue to practice being still, I’m reminded that God is fighting my battles for me, taking the burden off of my shoulders so that I can have less stress and more peace.
The next readings come from the Bible plan, “7 Habits to Develop Spiritual Growth.” The first reading is found in Habakkuk 2:1-3.
I will stand on my guard post And station myself on the rampart; And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, And how I may reply when I am reproved. Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.
–Habakkuk 2:1-3 NASB
In Day 1, it talks about keeping the vision. It goes in depth about how we make resolutions, and that making resolutions are good, but persevering in them are better. Habits are powerful and create a model that determines how we’re going to live our lives. Developing good habits gives you the means to keep good resolutions. For me, in the past, I’ve created good resolutions, which is why I want to develop good habits. The problem is that I have trouble sticking with these good habits.
When I read verse 2 of the scripture, I created a note on my phone of the good resolutions and good habits to stick with for the rest of this year going into next year. Then, I created an alarm to remind to look at those goals everyday so that I know what I’m working towards. It was like God’s way of helping me answer my own question. The next step was for me to take it to Him so that He can help me pursue these things that are good. Whenever things get hectic in my life, I forget to pray over these things in order for them to become reality. So the first habit to develop spiritual growth is to keep the vision before your eyes by writing down your resolutions and refer to them regularly.
The next readings come from Isaiah 50: 4-9.
The Lord God has given Me the tongue of disciples, That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple. The Lord G od has opened My ear; And I was not disobedient Nor did I turn back. I gave My back to those who strike Me, And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting. For the Lord God helps Me, Therefore, I am not disgraced; Therefore, I have set My face like flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed. He who vindicates Me is near; Who will contend with Me? Let us stand up to each other; Who has a case against Me? Let him draw near to Me. Behold, the Lord God helps Me; Who is he who condemns Me? Behold, they will all wear out like a garment; The moth will eat them.
–Isaiah 50:4-9 NASB
In Day 2 of the plan, it talks about how we let ourselves get swept up by the everyday things BEFORE taking time out to know God. If this settles over time, the feeling of “Losing our first love” can happen. I don’t know about you guys, but I can relate to this so well. I write things down in my planner, and having Quiet Time is at the top of my list. As the day goes on, and I do the other million and one things, I let that time slip through my fingers. I keep saying I’ll do it tomorrow, but tomorrow comes every time, and I never do it. I struggled with this for a while most of last year, and part of this year too. There were times God got my attention through me getting sick to tell me that we needed to spend more time together.
Any relationship we’re in, in order for it to grow, we have to take care of it. We have to look after it every day, prioritize it. The first notification to pay attention to is from the Lord.
So, the second habit is to dedicate the first 10 minutes of your day to God. When you start with 10, it will increase to 20 minutes, then 30 minutes, and then an hour. The more time you spend with God, the closer you’ll feel drawn to Him.
Well, another inspiring morning Quiet Time in the books for you all. I’ll check in later. Remember to be still and let God fight for you, keep your vision, and let Him be the first notification you get in the morning.
Until next time…