Youth News - October 2009
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Youth News - October 2009

I dare you to spend just seven minutes in silence. Shut off your television, radio, or IPod. Remove all distractions from your midst and put down whatever it is that might distract you, and spend time listening for God in the quiet.

Mark 1.35 tells us that Jesus rose up early in the morning and went out to a desolate place to pray. Why do you think that He went to desolate, lonely, and solitary places (see also Luke 5.15-16)? Could it be that Jesus Himself was removing all distraction from His midst so that He could focus all of His attention on the Father? And if Jesus, being God in human flesh, spent time alone with the Father, it may be a great indication that we ought to as well.

In 1 Kings 19, we read of the prophet Elijah, worn out and ready to throw in the towel, because people are seeking to take his life. At one point, the Lord tells him to "Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD (v.11)." A great wind came and tore the mountains, but God wasn't in the wind. An earthquake came next, but God wasn't in the earthquake. After that was a fire, but God wasn't in the fire. At last, there was the sound of a "still, small voice," which some believe could be translated "a thin silence." God was in the silence!

Sometimes people struggle with communicating with God or listening to God. But at the same time, many people keep themselves distracted from ever being able to hear God's voice! We have the distraction of cell phones, the Internet, Ipods, music on in the car, television on at home... and on top of all that, there are things to do, places to go, and people to see.

The reality is... we have to make time to allow ourselves to listen to God's voice!

As you take time out in your schedule to spend time alone with the Lord, I want to encourage you to bring two questions along with you for the journey: (1) What areas of my life does God want to speak to me about right now? And (2) What is God saying to me about those areas of my life?

As you ask these questions before the Lord, listen for His answers in your reading of scripture. Let the word of God dwell in you richly as you grow in your relationship with Him!

Solitude: spending time alone with the Lord, is a major theme for our Senior High youth group retreat coming up in less than two weeks from the time I'm writing this newsletter. It is one of many spiritual disciplines that the Lord uses to deepen our faith in His grace!

May you draw near to Jesus today, and may you clear space in your daily life to draw near to Jesus and listen to His voice!

Grace & Peace from Him to you,
Matt

 
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