“I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.” (Psalm 62:5)
Ever long to connect with God through his word but feel disconnected when you read the words on the page? I do.
Even after years of teaching Bible studies and doing daily devotions, I sometimes feel disconnected from God. Sometimes, my mind simply fails to connect with what the Spirit of God is trying to say to me through the words of Scripture.
When this happens, it’s usually an indication of something else going on in my life. Referred pain, if you will.
That “something,” in my experience, is usually a combination of small somethings that added up slowly over time and created a big disconnect. So, my first step usually involves awareness of those smaller things and, essentially, addressing the sources causing this deferred pain.
“When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” (Psalm 61:2)
That awareness comes though quietness and prayer. Through these practices, the Holy Spirit’s voice rises to the top of all the other voices vying for my attention. He usually begins with reminders and directives:
- Nothing is beyond the reach of my power.
- Quit trying to force things to happen.
- Wait for me to work.
- Acknowledge me.
- I will direct you.
- Focus your thoughts.
- Quit letting your fears direct your focus.
Slowly, through meditation on his word and just existing in quietness, I am redirected to looking at Jesus instead of trying to find answers and solutions.
Focus determines reality. A truth that I need continually reminded of in my life.
“My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ And my heart responds, “Lor, I am coming.'” (Psalm 27:8)