A couple of years ago, I was diving into the Word daily, and I mean diving. I would open up my Bible, read Scripture once, maybe twice, a day, but I wouldn’t just stop there. I would meditate on it, write about what I’d read, sometimes even doodle a quick artsy page if I felt so inclined.
In short, a couple of years ago, I consistently had what I believe to be fruitful quiet time.
I was genuinely spending time with God, not rushing through it, not just checking something off my list. Not only that, but I was also consistently going to church, youth group, my community group, and just about any opportunity I had to spend time with my church friends.
Then, the last year or so I kind of… stopped.
I mean, it’s not like I never went to church or read the Bible anymore. It just wasn’t as consistently as I had been doing, and my heart wasn’t in it quite as much as it had been.
In short, while I would still read my Bible occasionally and still go to church most Sundays, they were more things I was doing just to be doing it. I knew I was supposed to do them, so I did. But my heart wasn’t in it like it had been before.
And trust me, I could tell the difference.
See, when I was diving into the Word wholeheartedly, quiet time with God became less of just another thing I had to do and more of something I hungered for and actually longed to do. God shone through more in my day-to-day choices, and I saw (and felt) the fruit of the Spirit.
I’ve started, recently, to get back into regular, heart-on-the-line quiet time, and I can already tell the difference.
Not having quiet time with God–or begrudgingly spending time with Him just because we’re supposed to–is like never spending time with your friends or family. We don’t befriend someone only to never talk to them again or to only talk to them when we need something.
But that’s too often how we treat our relationship with God.
It’s kind of like a “Great, thanks, God. Now let me go about my life, and I’ll get back to you when I need something from you.”
But God isn’t our personal genie.
He’s God. The Lord of our lives. Our Creator.
As such, He deserves just as much–and infinitely more–effort as we give our friends and family.
After all, aren’t our lives as Christians a journey to become more like Jesus? But how can we become more like Him if we know nothing about Him? Why don’t we let Scripture show us His nature, and let Scripture consume our time and thoughts?
Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
Colossians 3:10 (NLT)
If we’re most influenced by the people we spend the most time with, why don’t we let God be the One who takes that spot at the top?
God didn’t intend for our relationship with Him to be static. As long as we’re on earth, we should be growing closer and closer to Him.
Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
1 Peter 2:2-3 (NLT)
And that means seeking Him out in all seasons of life and in everything that we do.
Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.
James 5:13 (NLT)
Setting aside time to pray and meditate on Scriptures is a way to submit ourselves to God’s hand. It’s our way of saying, “Yes, I choose to follow You, God. I always choose to follow You. I want to know more about You. Show me Your Word, Your Truth, Your Light. Work in my life.”
After all, the Word is the means by which God reaches out to us and guides us in our time here on earth. As Christians, we simply cannot ignore it.
Stay tuned in for the next post, where I use the same story to talk about God’s faithfulness through all seasons of life.
What are your thoughts on this? How do you spend time with God regularly?