Others say stuff much better than me. This is from January 17, 2013.
Each morning, I receive an e-mail devotional from biblegateway.com, an excerpt from the writings of theologian A.W. Tozer. My devotional last night was about the hymn Take Time To Be Holy and our need for quiet communion with the Lord. This morning's Tozer meditation says what I tried to say much more convincingly. Here it is:
And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by
Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.—Matthew 14:23
Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but
impossible. It wears us out by multiplying distractions and beats us down by
destroying our solitude, where otherwise we might drink and renew our strength
before going out to face the world again.
"The thoughtful soul to solitude retires," said the poet of other and quieter
times; but where is the solitude to which we can retire today? Science, which
has provided men with certain material comforts, has robbed them of their souls
by surrounding them with a world hostile to their existence. "Commune with your
own heart upon your bed and be still" is a wise and healing counsel, but how can
it be followed in this day of the newspaper, the telephone, the radio and the
television? These modern playthings, like pet tiger cubs, have grown so large
and dangerous that they threaten to devour us all. What was intended to be a
blessing has become a positive curse. No spot is now safe from the world's
intrusion. (Of God and Men, 125.)
"If Tozer wrestled with this in his day, how much more are we bombarded
today! We have all the influences of which he speaks, and much more
all-pervasive, plus the internet and a host of other 'playthings' seeking to
devour us. Lord, help us somehow to escape today and retire to solitude, even if
only for a brief time. Amen."
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