Quiet Time

God wanted to make known to them the glorious riches of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

[Col 1:27 NET]

Religion is not the simple fire–escape that you build in anticipation of a possible danger, upon the outside of your dwelling, and leave there until danger comes. You go to it some morning when a fire breaks out in your house, and the poor old thing that you built up there, and thought that you could use some day, is so rusty and broken, and the weather has so beaten upon it and the sun so turned its hinges, that it will not work. That is the condition of a man who has built himself what seems a creed of faith, a trust in God in anticipation of the day when danger is to overtake him, and has said to himself, I am safe, for I will take refuge in it then. But religion is the house in which we live, it is the table at which we sit, it is the fireside at which we draw near, the room that arches its graceful and familiar presence over us; it is the bed on which we lie and think of the past, and anticipate the future, and gather our refreshment.

~ Phillips Brooks ~

Quiet Time

So teach us to consider our mortality, so that we might live wisely.

[Ps 90:12 NET]

Every day is a little life; and our whole life is but a day repeated: whence it is that old Jacob numbers his life by days; and Moses desires to be taught this point of holy arithmetic to number not his years, but his days. Those, therefore, that dare lose a day, are dangerously prodigal; those that dare misspend it, desperate.

~ Bishop Hall ~

Quiet Time

I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

[Gal 2:20 NET]

I expect to pass through this world but once therefore, if there be any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do to any fellow human being, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

~ Marcus Aurelius ~

Quiet Time

for it is written, “You shall be holy, because I am holy.”

[1 Pet 1:16 NET]

The highway of holiness is along the commonest road of life along your very way. In wind and rain, no matter how it beats it is only going hand in hand with Him.

~ Mark Guy Pearse ~

Quiet Time

But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.

[Matt 6:6 NET]

This is faith’s stronghold; here she weapons herself for the daily conflict. Silence in that closet of prayer bespeaks death throughout all the house. When that door is suffered to rust on its hinges, and that chamber is deserted, then the heart–house is soon retaken by Satan, and evil spirits come in and dwell there.

~ Theodore Cuyler ~

Quiet Time

Worship the Lord with joy! Enter his presence with joyful singing!

[Ps 100:2 NET]

God wants our life to be a song. He has written the music for us in His Word and in the duties that come to us in our places and relations in life. The things we ought to do are the notes set upon the staff. To make our life beautiful music we must be obedient and submissive. Any disobedience is the singing of a false note, and yields discord.

~ J. R. Miller ~