It’s been a few days. I’ve been so busy that the days have completely disappeared. I’ve been setting up our new flat – painting, decorating, sorting through things, rearranging, prioritising, cleaning. This weekend I went with my flower girls to get their adorable little dresses and then yesterday was Father’s Day so we had lunch, games and a family venture to the hot tub.
Something I haven’t done in the last five days – or maybe longer – is read my bible. I’ve prayed and skimmed verses and been to church but I haven’t sat down and done any devotions.
I’ve been thinking about how hard – and how easy – it is to do these devotions. Once I start I don’t want them to be over. They take no more than 10 minutes. But, I can never seem to ‘find the time’ or ‘remember’.
We find time to go to the gym but we can’t find time for God.
We remember to take our medication but we can’t remember God.
We find time to see all of our friends and run errands but can’t find time for God.
We remember to check social media but we can’t remember God.
We find time to watch television but we can’t find time for God.
We remember to take in the laundry but we can’t remember God.
We find time to check our emails but we can’t find time for God.
We remember to be somewhere exactly at 5pm but we can’t remember God.
This doesn’t make sense to me and I am a culprit of this, too. It shouldn’t be hard to spend time with God; we spend time with our friends, family and loved ones every single day. We should love God more than them, more than anyone. And I feel like I can admit that I love God the most but I don’t show it — and what is love without actions?
Romans 12:2 says… “Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Being in the world but not of the world is one of the hardest things. It’s so easy to be influenced by your surroundings especially when the majority is against what you believe or practice. The only way to prevent ourselves from becoming ‘of‘ the world is to spend time with God and learn the ways in which he wants us to live.
Joshua 1:8-9 says… “Study this [bible] continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
This verse says to meditate on it day & night. Constantly. This doesn’t mean to read it in every free moment you have but to be thinking and practicing on the things that you have read. And THEN… God says that he will let you prosper and succeed! He will not let you fail. Reading his word, aligning your desires with his, knowing him truly will only help you reach a better place in your life. There are no disadvantages of reading God’s word every day. And we all know we have the time — I know I have the time. So I hope I can make a habit of it.
Artwork: Dreamy Sun
Song for today: Cannons by Phil Wickham. (This is an old but lovely sound that I used to listen to as a new-born Christian. God is cool, guys.)