Why is it important?
During our quiet times, we have the privilege of meeting with God – we get direction from Him, gain delight in Him, and become more like Jesus as we sit quietly in His presence. In our personal time of fellowship with the Creator, we reap the following benefits:
An opportunity to give God our devotion: The first benefit of time spent quietly with the Lord each day, is that it allows us the opportunity to give to God, instead of getting from Him. Psalm 29:2 says, “Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. ” Many Christians overemphasize their work for God and neglect to spend time simply worshipping Him. God deserves and desires our devotion (John 4:23). How long has it been since you sat quietly with Jesus and simply told Him, “I love you?” When was the last time you sang a worship song to Him outside of a church service?
We get direction from God: The second benefit of our daily devotion with the Lord is that we get direction from Him for our daily lives (Psalm 25:4-5; 40:8). When we sit quietly with the Lord it gives Him a great opportunity to speak to us and give us the wisdom we need. In our fast-paced world, we desperately need to slow down and hear from the One who knows the end from the beginning. Pascal once said, “All the troubles of man arise from his inability to sit still.” Ask God to show you His will for the day and commit your schedule to Him.
We gain delight in God: The third benefit of our personal time with the Lord is enjoying Him and His presence. The secret of real joy comes from knowing God (Psalm 34:8; Philippians 3:10) and knowing Jesus Christ personally. When we know a person intimately, we:
1. Spend quality time together.
2. Enjoy meaningful communication.
3. Know what each other’s likes and dislikes are.
We grow more like God: Fitting with our topic, how do we become more like Jesus? We are made holy through the Word (John 17:17; Romans 12:2). Our sanctification comes through the time we spend in the Scriptures, getting to know God intimately and allowing His Word to correct our hearts.