Carve Out Space For Quiet Time To Ask God And Await An Answer, Todd Shupe Says
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace” (Acts 20:24 NIV).
If you are like Todd Shupe, you enjoy a quiet and peaceful evening to rest and renew yourself. Noise fills our days from the time the alarm clock goes off to evening commute home. There is something special about quiet that appeals to many of us. Below are five benefits to setting aside some quiet time each day.
1) Peace: There is a peace that comes upon us when we embrace the quiet and stop with our typical busy work. Palm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” God is encouraging us to be still and take comfort in the fact that He is our God and Todd Shupe is eternally grateful for His peace.
2) Discernment: How can you expect to hear the whisper of God when there is so much background noise? One of the most important — but most difficult tasks for us as Christians — is to continually discern the will of God for us in our lives. Discernment is accomplished through many means: worship, scripture and fellowship with fellow Christians. However, discernment is also accomplished by quietly meditating and waiting for the Lord to speak to you. Recall the message about waiting from Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
3) Retreat and Pray: Jesus frequently withdrew from people to be alone with the Father and pray. Jesus’ solitude is a major component in the Gospels. Todd Shupe believes that Jesus showed us the importance of being alone with God to pray and to listen.
4) Mental Focus: Quiet time helps recharge your emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. If we can use the quiet time to “silence” our minds, it allows us to be able to listen and wait for God to move in response to a prayer or question.
5) Connect to Nature: “I believe that God is most evident in nature. The landscapes throughout the world are His canvas and His work is beautiful,” LSU professor Todd Shupe said recently. “It is always special to retreat to nature to connect to God. Jesus did not find an empty house to pray. He retreated to be in nature among God’s creation to pray to the Father.”
Todd Shupe prays that all reading this article find quiet time each day to renew yourselves and pray and listen to God. Do not grow discouraged if you do not immediately hear from God. Be patient and remember Isaiah 40:31-1, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Todd Shupe is the President of DrToddShupe.com and is a well recognized expert on wood-based housing and wood science. Shupe worked as a professor and lab director at LSU for over 20 years. He is active in several ministries including his Christian blog ToddShupe.com. Todd is the Secretary of the Baton Rouge District of United Methodist Men, Database Coordinator for Gulf South Men, and volunteer for the Walk to Emmaus, Grace Camp, Iron Sharpens Iron, Open Air Ministries, HOPE Ministries food pantry. Todd is currently preparing to be a Men’s Ministry Specialist through the General Commission of United Methodist Men.