We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. – Mother Teresa
As most of you already know, today is APRIL FOOL’S DAY!!!
The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that does good. – Psalm 14:1
In this text, the Hebrew word is nabal, which refers more to a “moral fool.” Fools do not lack intelligence, rather they are usually the ones who strive for higher education! The atheists, or moral fools, do not want to be held accountable to anyone in this world and will certainly not consider being held accountable to a Holy God. They give in to every whim and fancy with no feelings of guilt for their refusal to be accountable to a Holy God. Nobody will tell them what to do! That makes them foolish in the eyes of the Lord. I don’t judge anyone as a fool because that’s not my job. For me to assume one way or the other is to say that there is not hope for change in that person’s life. I can’t do that. There’s always hope for all our lives. Besides, before I met Christ, I was the biggest fool of all!
I have a message for you, fool. Christ died on the cross for you too! Whether you choose to accept it or not, it’s true.
There is a way to avoid foolishness. Seek God while He can still be found. I enjoy solitude. The time I spend alone reading or playing the piano is the time that my soul is nourished and my mind renewed. When I’m alone I can gather my thoughts and organize them better. My devotionals each morning consist of reading scripture and praying. The time I spend alone with God is precious to me. He provides much strength and comfort to my soul and mind so I can carry on.
You can’t find God if you are distracted by the noise of life. The enemy of your soul would love to get you so wrapped up in the everyday drone of life that you leave devotions behind. It happens so easily – and innocently. You miss a couple of days and you say you will get back into the habit of having devotionals – your alone time with God. Then you miss another day – not on purpose – but pretty soon, you have pushed the devotional time completely out of your day.
Let me ask you a question. If you did not look at the needle on the gas gauge of your car, how would you know when you need to stop at a gas station? Could you just assume your gas tank will never need filled again and keep driving? Well, of course not! Guess what? Your soul needs to be filled every day! You can either fill it with the love of God or believe me, the people in the world will find tons of different things – good or bad – to fill your soul. Technology comes to mind. It is a major distraction for many people.
If you expect to do any good for another human being, then you have to be properly filled yourself . That makes sense, doesn’t it?
A soul does not grow in the center of fanfare, but in simplicity and humility. I’d like to challenge you to turn off all the electronics that would distract your mind. Take a devotional book outside – perhaps out to your garden. Sit there on a bench and read one section of the book. Let it sink in – don’t just lightly read through it just to go through the motions – but let God speak to you through what you’re reading. If you will open your heart – He will fill it. God is a gentleman and will never force Himself on you. He waits to be invited into your life and into your morning. Invite God to share your morning and see what a difference it will make in the rest of your day.
Be still – and know that HE is God. ❤