Time With God
“This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD: where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee. And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory. And I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar: I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, to minister to me in the priest's office” Exodus 29:42-44
When I went to Christian summer camp as a teen, the counselors gave everyone devotional sheets in the morning to fill out. We were supposed to spend the first moments of the day in Bible reading and prayer and use the devotional sheets to write down what we learned and prayed about. At the start of the week, I was disinterested and threw my sheet in the trash or used it to doodle on while I was supposing to be paying attention in the preaching services. I felt the morning was my time to get ready for the day, and I thought little of this time that I was supposed to be spending with God. Although my heart was hard at the time, God faithfully began to work in me as the week went by.
God’s work in my heart was fruitful, and by the time Wednesday morning came around, I was excited to get the devotional sheet. I cherished the morning time with God, and took notes on the sheets and even kept them for some time after camp. This 15 minutes with God was valuable and some of the best 15 minutes I spent in my day. After camp, I came home and was disciplined for a week or two in doing my devotions, but soon started to wane in my daily time with God and it showed in my life. It is hard to live for and be changed by God when you do not spend time with Him.
Psalm 63:1-2 reminds us of the importance of this time, “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.” I now try to keep to a daily routine in which the moment my eyes open, I thank God for giving me another day. I thank Him for His many blessings as there is so much to be grateful for. I then get a large glass of water, my vitamins, and my iPad, and go sit on the couch with the dog. My iPad has a Bible along with a Matthew Henry commentary which provides great insight into God’s Word. If I miss this time with God, I know I am ripe for succumbing to the enemy. This morning time has become precious to me as I meet and talk with my God before the day begins.
How are you doing in your daily time with God? Do you seek God early in your day? Do you seek Him at all? Does He meet with you or do you simply go through the motions with no true change in your life? May we not underestimate how much we need this time with the Father, just as Jesus needed it while He walked this earth. Matthew 14:23 states, “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.” I can think of no better way to start the day than to spend time with God first thing in the morning. Coffee may wake you up, but God will change your life.
Stay in the fight! Saso