Becoming Like Jesus: Silence and Solitude

Devotional

The Creator of the Heavens

Now that we’re halfway through the first week, you’ve probably noticed that some days are much easier than others. That’s to be expected. Just like when someone decides to start working out for the first time, some days they’re excited and motivated, while other days they aren’t. The thing that makes the difference isn’t how motivated you feel on a certain day, but how willing you are to keep showing up. Because the more you’re willing to show up even when you don’t feel motivated, the more ingrained this new habit will become in your daily life.

For today, let’s go ahead and get started.

Pray…

Father, you are so much bigger than I could ever begin to wrap my mind around. And you love me. You know me. You want a relationship with me. Help me to feel, deep in my bones, the significance of that truth. I never want to forget it. In Jesus name, amen.

Read…

This is what God the Lord says— the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it: “I, the Lord , have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. “I am the Lord ; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.” - Isaiah 42:5-9 NIV

Consider…

God is the Creator of everything and He wants a relationship with His creation. Think about the power of that statement. The God who is so big and powerful and grand that He was able to speak the universe into existence, cares enough about all of us to call us by name and invite us to know Him.

Think about this idea and how, even though each of us is just one person among billions of people, God still loves us, knows us, and wants us to know Him.

Listen…

Find a comfortable place where you won’t be distracted. Maybe a cozy chair, a closet, or even sitting outside on a porch.

Set a timer for 5-10 minutes.

Ask God to speak to you.

When you get distracted, ask God to help you bring your attention back to Him because even when we lose sight of Him, He never loses sight of us.

When the timer ends, thank God for the time you spent together and head into the rest of your day with a clearer sense of His presence.