“At that time the Lord said to me, ‘Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and come up to me on the mountain and make an ark of wood. And I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets that you broke, and you shall put them in the ark.’ So I made an ark of acacia wood, and cut two tablets of stone like the first, and went up the mountain with the two tablets in my hand... I myself stayed on the mountain, as at the first time, forty days and forty nights, and the Lord listened to me that time also… And he wrote on the tablets, in the same writing as before, the Ten Commandments that the Lord had spoken to you on the mountain out of the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly. And the Lord gave them to me. Then I turned and came down from the mountain and put the tablets in the ark that I had made. And there they are, as the Lord commanded me.” Deuteronomy 10:1-5,10
“The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.” Mark 6:30-33
We have eyes, we have ears, we have moments and hours. And every day we decide what we will do with them all. Before us is an overstuffed menu of what to read, watch, listen to; who to agree with, disagree with, argue with, or contradict; activities of work, service, self-improvement, pleasure. Moses had thousands of complaining Israelites, the apostles had crowds of curious, needy onlookers, and they chose to ‘come’ and spend time with their Lord.
There is something wonderful and life-giving about spending time with Jesus. It is divine conversation, listening and hearing, pleading and receiving instruction. It restores our souls, it inverts our human thinking from man-driven horizontal to God-kissed vertical. It refreshes and resets our emotion-colored limited perspective to a clear eternal one. It replaces frenzy with peace. Are we brave enough to turn off and turn aside, then turn toward our beckoning Lord? Would we close the screen, the paper, the remote, and open God’s word? Would we put away and put off in order to put ourselves before His throne? How deliberate are we to push away the plate of stale and slanted media fare that leaves us wanting and unsatisfied, and be sated by the sweet and savory of God’s living bread? (Psalm 23:1-3; 32:8; Jeremiah 29:13; John 6:33-35)
We will give an account for how we employ the hours we are given. Let us spend time with our loving, wise Prince of Peace whose shoulders bear the government of all the world. (Isaiah 9:6; Romans 14:12)
Lord, may I readily respond to Your every beckon. May I relish and be transformed by time spent with You, so those I see will desire it too.