February 13, 2020
At our last Pastor's Conference in October the emphasis was on the pastor's devotional life. There were several presentations, but then a good bit of time was given for the men to separate, find a comfortable spot, and let the Lord minister to them. There was no planned agenda for that alone time. One could read Scripture, or a devotional book, take time for prayer, and if one fell asleep that was OK too. The point for these times was simply to allow Jesus to have access to our hearts. Simply being quiet in the Lord's presence. We are such a busy people with so many concerns this is a foreign concept. We are accomplishment driven, checking things off our "to do" lists. And they are all good things, but at times run ahead of the Lord in directions that accomplish less than if we had taken some quiet time in His presence. Israel's history is full of examples - think about their journey to the Promised Land. A journey that should have taken them six months took them forty years. Isaiah wrote, "the Holy One of Israel, has said, 'In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.'" Unfortunately they responded, "No, for we will flee on horses,..."(Isaiah 30:15-16) I think it was somewhat of a surprise to all of the pastors gathered at the Conference what actually did happen in those quiet hours.
Pastor (emeritus) Irvin Stapf