As we begin our journey through Six Secrets to a Powerful Quiet Time I want to share this devotion I read in class in case you want to add it to your Quiet Time journal.
THE CALL OF LOVE
by Frances J. Roberts
O My beloved, abide under the shelter of the lattice for I have betrothed you to Myself, and though you are sometimes indifferent toward Me, My love for you is at all times as a flame of fire. My ardor never cools. My longing for your love and affection is deep and constant.
Tarry not for an opportunity to have more time to be alone with Me. Take it, though you leave the tasks at hand. Nothing will suffer. Things are of less importance than you think. Our time together is like a garden full of flowers, whereas the time you give to things is as a field full of stubble.
I love you, and if you can always, as it were, feel My pulse beat, you will receive insight that will give you sustaining strength. I bore your sins and I wish to carry your burdens. You may take the gift of a light and merry heart, for my love dispels all fear and is a cure for every ill. Lay your head upon My breast and lose yourself in me. You will experience resurrection life and peace; the joy of the Lord will become your strenth; and wells of salvation will be opened within you (see Song of Solomon 2:9-13)
The entire second paragraph spoke so loudly to me. Are these not the very things that hinder us? The tasks that are a part of each of our roles in life overwhelm us and choke out the life-giving time we could spend with the Lord. Instead, we wander through our routines half-dead spiritually for lack of time with the Lord.
The fact that things are more urgent than listening to the still, small voice of the Lord calling me to tarry a while under the lattice with Him must wound His heart. I too often trade the lush garden for the field full of stubble. It pained me to hear that so much of what I do is not a blossoming flower. Here I thought I was adding so much to the Kingdom.
The word abide in the first sentence means to remain in, to continue in, to live in. John 15:5 says that apart from Him (cut off from vital union) we can do nothing. But as He is the Vine, if we abide in Him we bear much fruit.
Enough going forth in our own inadequate power. We have an inexhaustible source of strength. We are offered, in Him, a light and merry heart, a cure for all our ills, courage instead of fear, a Strong Back Who bore our sins and will carry our burdens. Let us tarry in the knowledge of His love and salvation. Let us abide in the Vine.