Inspiration

The Wise Spend Time With God

It is the Lord who gives wisdom; from him come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6 (TEV)

You say, "I want to trust God, but I don't hear him." To hear God, you have to get near God. You don't hear God when your mind is filled with a thousand other distractions. You've got to get alone with God and be quiet.

The Bible says, "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10 NIV). That means sit down and shut up. That's how you hear God and get near to God. You have to sit alone and just be quiet with your Bible and say, "God, is there anything you want to say to me?" You read God's Word, and you talk to him about what's on your heart.

Pray this today: "God, I want to listen to you, not the voices of doubt. I want to hear you, and I promise to then obey you. I want to be one of the people that you can use and bless in the next 10 years. I want those years to be a decade of destiny for me and my family."

Talk About It -

  • What do you need to change about the way you meet with the Lord so that you can be quiet and draw near to him?
  • Do you regularly hear from God? How do you normally react to his voice and what he tells you to do?

Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.

This devotional ©2013 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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