Different people have different situations when it comes to quiet time with God. I remember a saying that went like this: Those that love the "church" come to fellowship on Sunday mornings. Those that love the pastor come to fellowship on Sunday evenings. Those that love the Lord come together on Wednesday night prayer meeting. I couldn't help but recognize from some of my own observations that there was some incidental truth to the saying, especially in the first two observations. There is a danger of making another tradition out of "going to church." There can become a perception that rest of the week belongs to us. We will find a greater satisfaction in giving God our whole week. Going to some meeting or program is not what we need to be closer to God. There is an undue pressure to make people feel guilty for not making it to every program. For some, there are distractions everywhere, and coming to a program set up by a church fellowship might be just what is needed. It could act like an oasis of quiet time in their busy lives. Others might find themselves so divided in their time with religious programs that it takes what little time they might have with the Lord. The programs could become a care of the world if they are not careful; this is especially true because of the nature of many church services today. For those in this situation, it would be better to scale back the programs and dedicate some time alone with God in His Word.
We all have the same amount of hours in a day. Many of us tend to be very busy. Those that have a greater demand from others have to space their activities closer together or have more things to say "no" to. When I was a child, I desired to play piano. It was suggested that I take lessons from a woman who was great at playing piano, but also known to be very busy. It was decided by my parents to not ask her because of the consideration of the tight schedule the lady already had. From the considerations made in that decision, I remember my grandpa saying that if you want something to get done, ask someone who is already busy. They'll get it done. This is speaking of the good character of many that are busy. It is good to be busy with good things. It involves wisdom to know what things we should be busy about, and then we all have to decide what to say "no" to. Let's pray for wisdom. Let's purpose to say "no" to things that would take time from things of higher purpose. Business owners recognise that things like social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) can hinder their success in business by robbing time from their business activities. This can also be the case with all of us when it comes to our quiet time. May we purpose to make a quiet time to be alone with God to be refreshed from Him who gives us living water. We will find if we weed out those things which cause us unneeded cares that there will be a fruitfulness about our lives as God's word prospers in our lives unhindered by those weeds. Let's find that quiet time with Him in order to be refreshed so that we may do great things!
The author of the following story is unknown. It illustrates how Satan could use busy lifestyles.