Does it ever amaze you that the Creator of the universe wants to hang with you?
We are taught and told that we need to ‘do our devotions’ on the daily. We are given instructions on how that time should be spent. There are actual acronyms that have been put together to help us through what sounds like torture: spending time with the Father. No wonder people find it hard to make time for that.
From the very beginning, God demonstrated that He loves to spend time with us. His offer has always been friendship. Yes, He requires our obedience, but He consistently demonstrates that He wants to speak with us mere human beings. ‘in the cool of the day’, come let us reason together’, ‘there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother’. His call to us has always included a call to friendship.
This is not an instructional on how to do your devotional time. My devotion time is so haphazard that it wouldn’t make sense to many, but it is very consistent; and that is what I think is important. Choosing to meet with God regularly is an expression of gratitude to Him as I finally understand how privileged we are that He wants to hang out with us every single day, if possible.
What this is, is an invitation to you to start regularly spending time with Him alone, as you can make it work with your schedule. Forget the acronyms, and the how-to’s of getting through a devotional time. Would you want someone to spend time with you if they were following a to-do list while doing so?
The devotional time is not a chore; it is an honor and a privilege that we can choose to indulge in or not. If you show up. He will too. ‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord.’ (Jer 29:13&14).
What does seeking Him with your whole heart look like for you? Could it be as simple as committing to giving twenty minutes a day to sitting still with Him to let Him know you are totally making yourself available to Him for that time?
How we limit our growth when we say things like, ‘I can’t fast’ because we can’t imagine the sacrifice of food, or, ‘I can’t get up early to do my devotions’ because we can’t imagine the sacrifice of sleep! Yet the rewards of both fasting and having a regular devotion time are so sweet; but we will not reap those rewards until we put in the sacrifice.
I invite you to give it a try. Determine what time of the day works for you and set an alarm on your phone for it. Go in with an expectant heart. Stick to it even when you don’t feel like it, imagining that by doing this you are working on, and investing in, an eternal relationship. Remember it’s a privilege, not a chore. Get into this habit and you won’t regret it.
Because, believe it or not, God the Trinity, wants to hang out with you.
©Debbie Mendoza, July 2018.
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