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The Value of Quiet

Anchor Devotional - 10.18.15


"Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."
(Joshua 1:8)

Psalm 1

Our culture is uncomfortable with silence. We rush to fill times of quiet with the radio in the car or the television at home. We jog as we listen to MP3 players. After reaching our audio limit, we drop into bed and wake the next morning to fill a new day with noise.

We may be losing the art of meditation. It doesn’t help that these days “meditation” is often associated with eastern religions. We forget the Bible contains many references to meditating on God’s Word. Then we struggle to hear the Holy Spirit’s gentle voice.

Now a new generation is uncomfortable with silence. Children need to learn how to reflect on God’s Word, and we can model it for them. Begin with a question such as, how can I thank God for sending Jesus? Then settle down together to ponder in silence. Consider spending a minute’s worth of time for each year of the child’s age – for example, six minutes for a six-year-old. Afterward, discuss their thoughts.

Regaining a habit of meditation will feed our spirit as we all seek to walk with Jesus.

Scripture Focus

Psalm 1

Insight

Have you lost the practice of meditating on God and His Word? Set aside quiet times to prepare your heart to hear the Holy Spirit.

Read the Bible

  • Jeremiah 11-12
  • Psalm 109
  • Romans 9-10