Becoming Like Jesus: Silence and Solitude

Devotional

Ancient of Days

Pray…

Heavenly Father, I am seeking you wholeheartedly. Jesus, I am surrendering to your will and your ways. Holy Spirit, I am listening for your voice and guidance. Make me aware of your presence. I know you are here. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Read…

Remember the former things, those of long ago;
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.’ Isaiah 46:9-10 NIV

Consider…

There is no one like our God. He is set apart, separate, other—holy. One of the names for this holy God is the Ancient of Days. Basically, what that means is that God has been there from the beginning and also that He has a front row seat to the past, present, future all at the same time. His perspective, outside of time, allows Him to see the end from the beginning and His purposes are based on this perspective. That’s another reason we can have complete confidence in His guidance—He sees what we cannot.

In what area of your life do you need new perspective or guidance? Ask God to help you catch a glimpse of what He sees and trust Him with what you cannot.

In your own words, what does it mean for God to be the Ancient of Days?

What’s something that happened in your past that didn’t make sense in the moment? Can you see God’s purpose in that thing now?

Listen…

Set a timer for 5-10 minutes.

Lead into your listening by finding a comfortable place to sit with your palms open and pray this prayer from St. Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

Ask God to speak to you.

When you get distracted, come back to Jesus by repeating the line: “God, there is no one like You.” Allow that simple declaration to recenter your mind and heart on His holiness.