What's the Hurry?1
What's the hurry?
Many of us live by our checklist. We live day to day rushing from one task to another. We are often in a hurry and there is not enough time in the day to get our entire "to do" list done. Even our quiet time with God may have become part of our checklist. We may read scripture as a text book, instead of as the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God.
The Bible tells us that to guide us spiritually, God's word must in our hearts.
What does it mean to have God's word in your heart?
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 tells us that...
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
God's word is what guides our lives.
Deuteronomy 11:18 states...“"You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.”
We are to know God's word, understand it, believe it, love it and preach it.
Spending time in God's word every day is so important in growing in a relationship with our Father. Just as all relationships take time, our relationship with our Creator needs time and attention. We need to make quiet time with God a priority.
For scripture to permeate our lives and to move from head knowledge of the Bible to heart knowledge and true heart transformation, quiet time with God is a key piece of a Christian's walk with Christ.
In many accounts in scripture, Jesus is our example of what an intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father looks like.
“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he (Jesus) departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”
Mark 1:35 ESV
“And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,”
Matthew 14:23 ESV
“In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.”
Luke 6:12 ESV
These are just a few accounts of Jesus TAKING THE TIME to pray to His Father.
Let us look to Jesus for our example. I challenge you to set aside just 10 minutes today to read your Bible, pray to God and allow Him to speak through His Word. Maybe that means taking 10 minutes over your lunch break, or 10 minutes before bed, or watching 10 less minutes of TV today. God will use this time to reveal Himself...
"You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:13 ESV