Text: 3 He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.
Teach: Did you catch that? Ezra read and the people listened from daybreak to noon, and they did so attentively. These people were motivated and hungry to know God and what he wanted from them. Three hours for worship. That is still the practice in many places around the world. As I researched length of services, I found several articles suggesting that American services are too short and there is a push to lengthen them.
Take: We can spend two or three hours at a sporting event or even a movie and pay a high price to do so. But an hour for worship is thought by some to be asking too much. We spend how much time a day on our phones or in front of TV, but have no time for personal quiet time with God. (Obviously you’re an exception since you’re reading this.) I remember how I finally got myself into a devotional habit. I put my devotional on the back of the toilet. I knew I’d be there a couple times a day. It worked. Thankfully, I’ve been able to develop that time over the years and come out of the water closet.
Task: Do you tithe your time? Is God worth more than a daily nod his direction? Do you think God wants more from you? Can you, will you give him the time he deserves…and you need?