Faith and Reflection. FILE PHOTO

We feel down because we have not been looking up!

Does a daily quiet time with God make a difference?

Christians sometimes tell me that they are feeling discouraged. The first thing I ask about is their personal devotions. It is not uncommon to learn that they have been neglecting their devotional and quiet times with God.

Daily devotions, or quiet times are terms used to describe the regular discipline of Bible reading and prayer in a Christian’s life. But does a daily quiet time with God make a difference? In a word, yes! The gospel is what brings us to God and devotions are what keeps us close to God.

In my third year of college, there was a first-year student who would come to me about certain matters. In one conversation, he criticized the emphasis placed upon the 10 or 15 minutes of morning devotions that most of us, “Billy Bible school types” engaged in. When I told him that I placed great importance upon a healthy devotional life, he adamantly disagreed saying that, “10 or 15 minutes in the morning makes no difference in our lives.”

Both of us worked part-time for a company where we handled and deposited money. One evening he became frustrated with the job and in a moment of much angst and little wisdom, he placed an empty bank bag into the night deposit slot and pocketed more than $300 and went home.

At 2 a.m. he came to where I was working overnight with a guilty conscience and the money in hand, desperately wanting to know what he should do. I knew that if I turned him in, he would be fired, expelled from college and possibly prosecuted. He assured me that he had never stolen before and asked for my help.

I was reasonably convinced that he was not a habitual thief and that immaturity and unbridled anger were his real problems. I told him to fill out a deposit slip and I would simply put his money in with mine without any explanation. If the deposits went through the office unchallenged, then that might be the end of it. However, I told him that I would not lie for him and that if the office called, I would not withhold any information from them. I attached one condition … that we meet the following afternoon to discuss the importance of 10 or 15 minutes of morning devotions with the Lord. I prayed for him and he went on his way.

We never heard a single word from the office, our supervisor, or the bank. We had a good Bible-based discussion on the importance of devotions and how they can change our outlook, attitudes and even our actions. Incidentally, that young man went on to become a career missionary in Africa.

Sometimes we feel incredibly down because we have not been intentionally looking up!

Just Posted

Better ways to use antibiotics on the farm

Canadian Beef Industry Conference session discusses dependence on antibiotics

Stettler Community Christmas Hamper Society seeking donations and volunteer support

Program helps to make the season brighter for local families

Male pedestrian dead after collision with train in Blackfalds

Man from Red Deer pronounced dead at the scene

Halloween Howl: a not-to-be-missed event organized by local group

Halloween fun in support of Stettler and District Crisis Aid

Sylvan Lake shoreline flags wrongfully replaced by well-meaning citizen

Al Cameron of VVOC says a loose thread is not enough to replace the Canadian flags on lakeshore

Scheer, Trudeau, Singh haggle over potential minority government outcome

If you believe the polls, it appears the Liberals and Conservatives are neck-and-neck

Kawhi Leonard, former Toronto Raptor, welcomed back to Vancouver at pre-season game

Fans go wild at pre-season game between L.A. Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena

Greens and NDP go head to head on West Coast; Scheer takes fight to Bernier

Trudeau turns focus to key ridings outside Toronto after two days in Quebec

‘The more you test, the more you find’: Beef recalls a sign of success, experts say

Despite appearances, experts say a recent rise in major recalls is not a sign of food supply problems

Scholars say religious vaccine objections can’t be traced to Biblical sources

Vaccinations are a requirement to attend class in Ontario and New Brunswick, while B.C. launched a demand this fall

ELECTION 2019: How would the major parties address Canada’s housing crisis?

Promises include speculation taxes, more affordable housing, and declaring housing a human right

PODCAST: Journalism instructor discusses how reporters have taken on climate change

Mount Royal University’s Sean Holman has been researching how journalists have covered climate change

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

Alberta truck convoy plans counter-protest at climate rally with Greta Thunberg

United We Roll organizer says similar protest planned for Swedish teen’s event in Edmonton

Most Read