Are you listening to Him?

It seems like the world of technology cannot stand still for even a few minutes. The modern world in which we now live is ever changing, which in some ways is good and in some ways can be not so good.

As our world gets brighter, louder, and busier, we have a greater challenge feeling the Spirit in our lives. Even in remote forests in the world, the silence is often broken by the flight of a jet above in the sky.

Basically, life is busy and so are our minds!

Technology , such as smartphones, are a blessing, but they can also distract us.  They need to be our servants, not our masters. For example, if later tonight you share inspiring thoughts from this devotional on social media, your smartphone is a servant. If you randomly surf the Internet, your smartphone is a master.

Another concern is the excessive text messaging, Facebooking, tweeting, and Instagraming are replacing talking—talking directly one to another and talking in prayer with our Heavenly Father and thinking about the things that matter most in life.

Some of you even check your email, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts or send text messages during the most important gathering, where we should be focusing on the Lord and fellowshipping with other believers instead of hooking up to our multimedia devices.

Technology is appropriate, and they are a blessing. However, when smartphones/tablets begin to interfere with our relationships with friends and family—and even more importantly, with God—we need to make a change. For some of you, the adjustment will be slight; for others, it may be significant.

“Are you listening to Him?”

While we must take the initiative to fulfill our responsibilities and live our lives, personal initiative is no substitute for reliance upon God.

It is important to be still and listen and follow the Spirit.

We all need time to ask ourselves questions or to have a regular personal interview with ourselves.

Everyone needs time to meditate and contemplate. Even the Saviour of the world, during His ministry here on earth, found time to do so: “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

You cannot connect to the Spirit while looking at or sending a message on your smartphone or your tablet. This connection requires the Light of Christ, settling from your minds into your hearts with burning love and devotion.

Spiritual serenity, the psalmist admits, should be cultivated in spite of the shaking mountains and agitated waters. This spiritual calm, that God desires to give us, does not come from a lack of troubles; it derives from a steady, deep reflection on the ways God.

"Be still and know"—We need a rock solid confidence in our knowledge, and that comes as a process, a way of life.

Remember what Elijah learned: “The Lord was not in the wind; … the Lord was not in the earthquake: … the Lord was not in the fire,” but the Lord spoke in the “still small voice.

As it was with Elijah, so it is today. God is not in the earthquake, nor in the winds and fires of war, but he speaks to us in a voice that is small.

It's time to listen.

There is no better time than now, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus the Christ.

And in all of this madness, God, who never changes, and who always stays the same, is saying "Be Still."