Most Christians try to earmark regular time to spend with God, and it’s often referred to as a ‘quiet time’. I’d certainly recommend it, it’s great to have dedicated time each day to read the Bible, pray, and enjoy the close relationship that God invites us to have with him. Yet I know that I often sabotage myself in this area.
I get up in the morning, fetch a cup of coffee, and sit down for some time with God…and then I heave a sigh, and try to psych myself up to approach him!
Surely God has better things to do?
I expect he doesn’t want to see me after those failures yesterday.
I’m so aware of His awesome holiness and power.
I already feel guilty because I went to bed late and snoozed the alarm this morning.
My phone is urging me to check my Facebook feed.
The day’s tasks are calling for me to begin them.
Here are some things I think the Bible has to say to me and to others who struggle with feelings like these. If you are a Christian:
God has already saved you and will not let you go now
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God Ephesians 2:8
You don’t have to persuade God to draw near to you
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty . . . whoever comes to me I will never drive away. John 6:35,37
You don’t have to persuade God to love you
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
You don’t have to persuade God to be gracious to you
If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31-2
We mustn’t forget how much we need God’s presence and work in our hearts and lives. We must prioritise personal, regular time with Him.
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5
Nevertheless we don’t do this in our own strength, but with the help of God’s Spirit, and in light of God’s great love and mercy towards us!
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. . .
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:3, 6
Let’s rejoice and take courage from these truths!