Read: Psalm 23
Today’s world is a connected one. Many people rarely go anywhere without a smartphone, iPad, laptop, or a hotspot device. We have become available 24 hours a day. Despite the benefits, much of the information that people gather during the time on the internet and share on social media are practically useless. Some psychologists see this craving to stay connected as an addiction and studies have shown that those who spend compulsive and excessive time on the internet have narcissistic (self-loving) behaviour. Yet a growing number of people are intentionally limiting their use of technology. Being a “tech-no” is their way of preserving times of quietness, while limiting the flow of information into their lives.
Many disciples of Christ find that a daily time of Bible reading and prayer is essential in their walk of faith. This ‘quiet time’ is a disconnection from the external distractions in order to connect with God. Ps. 23:2 says, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.” The “green pastures” and “still waters” are more than a peaceful country scene. They speak of our communion with God whereby He restores our souls and leads us in His paths (Ps. 23:3).
All of us can make time to spend with God, but do we? Robert Foster in his booklet “7 minutes with God,” suggests a way to begin: Start with a brief prayer for guidance, then read the Bible for a few minutes, and close with a short time of prayer that includes adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication for others. It’s vital to take time to connect with the Lord on a daily basis because He is our life. Time spent with God is time well spent.