“My beloved spoke and said to me, ‘Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me.’”1
Martha was someone who learned a lesson on the importance of valuing above all things the peace and inspiration that Jesus gives. Once, when Jesus came to visit, she was so concerned with the duties of a hostess that she rushed and fussed, but in the hurry and flurry of her busy activities, she didn’t make time for Him.2 There’s a lesson here for all of us.
Lord, help me to come to You so that I can enjoy Your company.
Pay attention, come close now, listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words.—Isaiah 55:3 MSG
Come close to God, and God will come close to you.—James 4:8 NLT
Just as birds have their nests … and the deer have bushes and thickets … so too we should choose someplace every day … as a retreat to which we may occasionally retire to refresh and recreate ourselves.—St. Francis de Sales (1567–1622)
Lord, help me to make space in my busy days to come quietly into Your presence.
Blessed quietness, holy quietness,
Blest assurance in my soul!
On the stormy sea, Jesus speaks to me,
And the billows cease to roll.
—Manie P. Ferguson (1850–1932)
God is a tranquil Being, and abides in a tranquil eternity. So must thy spirit become a tranquil and clear little pool, wherein the serene light of God can be mirrored.—Gerhard Tersteegen (1697–1769)
Lord, help me to not only find a place that is quiet externally, but also to find quietness within.
[Jesus] did not come merely to give bread; He said, “I am the bread.” He did not come merely to shed light; He said, “I am the light.” He did not come merely to show the door; He said, “I am the door.” He did not come merely to name a shepherd; He said, “I am the shepherd.” He did not come merely to point the way; He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”—J. Sidlow Baxter (1903–1999)
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life.—John 3:36
He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him.—Hebrews 7:25
I believe in You, Jesus. May I get to know You better each day and prepare for a life forever with You.