Years ago before I experienced a spiritual transformation, God told me to slow time. He did not directly tell me to slow down but He showed me the way to a slower pace and to a life where I desired to wait on Him and to seek His face. I had a very busy life like most people but what I didn’t know was that God takes His time and He wants all of us to take our time. God doesn’t rush and He is never in a hurry. I needed to be on the same page. I needed to slow everything down so I could catch up with Him. We can never be on God’s wavelength when we are going too fast and we don’t pause and meditate on Him. I discovered that it was much more important to hear from God than to talk to Him. In order for me to hear from Him, I had to seek His face and be quiet. I decided to get up at 5 am every day so I would have time for Him. In retrospect I now see that it was the Holy Spirit who was instructing me to get up early. This was my way of slowing down. Waking up when everyone was sleeping and when it was very quiet turned out to be a very powerful change in my life. It allowed me to make room for the Lord first thing in the morning. I didn’t have to rush. I just had to spend time in His presence and that habit is still in place today. I get my strength for the day from that precious moment in the morning. Today I want to invite you to slow down and to listen to the Lord. Listening to Him is more crucial than talking to Him. He is God. He is much more interesting than we are. Take the time to tune in and to connect with the Lord every single day. Slow down and walk at His pace. Slow down and listen to what He has to say.
Slowing down may look different for you. I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the best way you can slow down. You might not have to wake up early. You might be led to take a break in the morning and isolate yourself. You might be led to turn off all electronics, all noises early in the evening and have an encounter with the Lord that way. You might be led to have “slow time” with God a few times a day. There are perfect ways that work best for you and that is what you should be after. Go after what the Lord wants you to do. If you desire to see a change in your prayer life and in your spiritual life at large, find a way to slow down and be sure that you keep up that habit. Look for what God has for you when it comes to quiet and slow times. Don’t compare yourself with others. You might fall into the trap of comparison that leads to disappointment if you don’t get the same results as other people. The goal is to connect with God in a private setting and to make time for Him on a daily basis. He wants us to listen to Him. He tells us in His Word to seek His face. There is too much noise in the world and it prevents us from seeing God. Slowing down leads to connection that leads to revelation that leads to transformation. Slow down and know that He is God!
What I was also guided to do was to praise the Lord first before being quiet in front of Him. Nowadays, I still praise first from time to time. I rely on the Holy Spirit and my early morning session varies. Most of the time I make noise first before I dive into some deep quiet time. My noise is the praise that shuts up the negative voices of the enemy and that exalts the Lord. Praising first paves the way for the Lord to show up and to make Himself known. He is always around but at times I have to get into the zone so to speak and get connected to His presence. Praise also helps me slow down. Praise focuses on Jesus and it takes away the pressure of the world, the pressure of hurrying up and of being busy all the time. I praise and I slow down. I pray and I slow down. I get quiet and I slow down. I seek the Lord’s face and I slow down. I sit there and I slow down. Friend, slow down every single day and listen to the Holy Spirit. You will get to know Him better and you will recognize His gentle voice. God is hard to hear in the middle of the daily noises that try to catch our attention. Jesus withdrew from the crowds to pray. Do the same thing. Step away from your busy life and spend some quality time with the Lord. It is never a waste of time and it is never in vain. Enjoy a slower pace and God will get louder. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Proverbs 2:1-5; Mark 4:24; John 8:47