Monday, May 23, 2016
Importance of daily time with God The older I become the more I realize that spending time with God is critical. I use critical because we tend to water down the importance of time spent with God. We use terms like devotions, quiet time, prayer time and bible reading (read through the bible in a year...). Now doing these things is not bad, in fact it is a good thing. What is a miss is when and how. For years I have struggled with morning 'devotions' . The struggle was the result of leader's in the church saying that you don't need to do 'devotions' in the morning... but to do them when it fits your schedule. I have come to the conclusion that this is not a healthy statement; that one needs to taking the time through out the day to be with God. be it devotions, prayer, praise, reading the bible, memorizing, being quiet before Him... It seems that we want God to conform to our schedules... That if life is busy it is alright to put God aside for later. We forget that God is first! Not us. we need to wake up with God and go to bed with God. God should also be filling the rest of the day with Him. Psalm 5:3 "In the morning O Lord you will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayers to you and eagerly watch. Psalm 92:2" To declare your lovingkindness in the morning And your faithfulness by night." Here are 2 examples of how important morning and night 'devotions' are important. Now for times in between we will bring to attention 1Thess.5:17"pray without ceasing". that through out the day we are aware that God is present, that even while working we can have our thoughts stayed upon Him. So start our day with God; be mindful that God is with us during the day and end our day with God.