Solitude and Silence (6 November 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.

(Romans 12.2)

Reflect:

Paul’s letter to the Romans was written to encourage and guide Christians to live their lives by the power and presence of Jesus, through the Holy Spirit in ordinary, daily living. Here, Paul is keen to emphasise that we don’t need to live the same patterns and conformities as the rest of the world. Our culture seems to place great emphasis on hurry, busy, success and security - with all the pressures and temptations that involves. Solitude is a remedy for all the driven-ness we experience. Solitude with silence gives us the space and opportunity to connect with God and invite him into our day and to trust him.

Respond: 

Create silent spaces today as you are able. Pause before meetings, pray over emails. Be still and quiet throughout the day as often as possible. Remind yourself regularly that God is with you and that is the most important thing.

Midday Meditation:

‘You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.’

(Dallas Willard)

Evening Reflection:

Be still for a moment and quieten your mind. Acknowledge the presence of Jesus. Invite him to help you review this day. As you consider the events, people and places you’ve been today ask the Lord to help you see where you lived in the flow of the Spirit and where you didn’t. Speak to the Lord about those times you were filled with gratitude and those times of the day you regret. End your time by asking God to help you rest well tonight.

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