“I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.” ~ Proverbs 8:17
We must be proactive, we must diligently reach out and seek God in order to find Him. We need to intentionally make time to get to know Him because without a deliberate, conscious effort it will probably never happen.
How did you get to know your spouse? You dated, right? Did you just wake up one day and find yourself in a relationship? No! One of you specifically asked the other one to go on a date so you could spend time with each other. It's the only way to have a relationship with anyone, you must spend time with that person. We get to know God personally through developing a deep, meaningful relationship by spending time with Him, and the best place to find Him is in His holy word.
Q: Why does it seem so hard to find the time?
A: Work, kids, school, dance class, Little League, homework, cleaning, meals, baths, chores, shopping, our social life…on and on! These things can all get in the way. So now you must ask yourself, what do I want? A hectic, chaotic life or the peace found only in Christ? We must prioritize our lives to include Him, make our daily Bible reading as habitual as breakfast and in so doing, create a new habit. We have to want to create a habit of going to our Bible first thing, as soon as we get up every, single morning.
By starting my day off with praise (thanking Him for everything), worship (praying and conversing), and study (reading His Word) my day will always go smoother. This is the thing that motivates me the most, the knowledge that my entire day will go better if I do this one little thing.
I’m just too busy…
But, you might ask, how can I possibly fit one more thing into my already crazy, busy schedule? The solution is simple, you need to start earlier. Start by getting up just ten minutes earlier and go directly to your Bible. It's early, no-one is up, it's quiet, and it's just you and God…He will do the rest. Talk to Him, ask Him to help you, and I promise He will.
After you do this for a while you can gradually increase your time. How long is less important than being consistent every single day. I try to spend an hour, I call it my power hour! It’s the most important hour of my day. This is when I get juiced up with the energy I need to get through the day.
Here's how I start every day. I get up, go to the living room, sit down on my couch and pray. I tell Him I'm sorry for all my mess ups and how grateful I am for another day. I then tell Him everything that's troubling me. Have you prayed about it as much as you've talked about it? All too often we complain to everyone about all our problems but forget to talk to God about them.
"And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” ~ Matthew 21:22
I then ask Him to guide me through my Bible reading and impress me with the things I need to know today. I then sing a praise song or two, either one of my favorites or I just Google "praise songs" on YouTube and then sing along while I get a cup of coffee and start my day.
But why, you ask, is it so important for me to have this daily devotion time every morning? Why can't I just pray when I need something or when I have the time? Ask yourself this one little question to find that answer. How long would I stay married if I approached my relationship with my spouse in the same manner... just called him/her when I needed something, or had some time to kill?
We must make our relationship with God our number one priority if we truly want to get closer to Him. He surely made us His biggest priority. Just think about what He gave up, how He suffered and died to have us with Him forever.
Make your life easier...
I'm gonna be honest here, some days I'm beat, I don't even feel like getting out of bed, let alone doing this devotional time. And ya know what…these are the days that I need it the most. So I lay in bed and I pray. I pray for the will to get up and do this. I ask for the desire to just put one foot in front of the other to make it to the living room. I then ask for Him to take the lead and help me through, and He always does—moreover, He's happy to do it! After all, what parent wouldn't be happy to help their child?
“ And you will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart.” ~ Jeremiah 29:13
Q: Now that you know how to find God, learn how to grow closer.
Next week's Bible study topic: How can I get closer to God?
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