Time to Unplug

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

In this week’s Wall Street Journal, I read an interesting editorial pertaining to what makes an effective leader.  In a world that strives to be plugged in at all times, the co-authors of the recent book Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude, maintain that good leaders need to practice solitude and reflection.  This is not only wise advice for leaders, but for everyone who desires to have a personal relationship with God.

Psalm 46 is a worship song written by the Sons of Korah for the people of Israel.  In verse ten the people are told to, “Be still, and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  The command to “be still” has a wide range of meanings, from wait for to sink down.  This Biblical instruction is vital to the our spiritual growth because when we spend quiet time with God, by reading His Word and in prayer, it redirects our focus and puts life in its proper perspective.

Rather than being connected continually to this world, accept the challenge to unplug each day and remind yourself who God is, what Christ has done for you, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit living in you.  By setting aside just fifteen minutes a day to be alone with God you will be taking a giant step toward living a spiritually productive and meaningful life!