Recently, my husband pointed out something to me that I am not proud to admit. Basically, my priorities are off. Lately, I have been too busy for God. Life has gotten in the way of my special time with Daddy. I must tell you, I was NOT a happy camper when hubby pointed this out to me. I immediately got on the defensive. My flesh was extremely uncomfortable with this all too true topic.
I have been too busy for God. Can you relate?
I mean we are not the only busy people on the planet. We are not the only busy people who are God's children.
Can you imagine being Moses? He went from living in the palace to having to help set his people free to dealing with these ungrateful people.
His days were busier than ours can ever be. He had He had a pharaoh chasing him, millions of murmurers and complainers to contend with, and a desert to wander because of the ungrateful lot he was with!
Now Moses used to take [his own] tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting [of God with His own people]. And everyone who sought the Lord went out to [that temporary] tent of meeting which was outside the camp. When Moses went out to the tent of meeting, all the people rose and stood, every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses until he had gone into the tent.When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the door of the tent, and the Lord would talk with Moses. And all the people saw the pillar of cloud stand at the tent door, and all the people rose up and worshiped, every man at his tent door.
And the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Moses returned to the camp, but his minister Joshua son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the [temporary prayer] tent. - Exodus 33:7-11
Moses took time to go and seek God. He MADE time to spend with the Lord. However, notice the last verse...Joshua stayed in the tent. Hmm....maybe we can all learn something from Joshua here...let us not be so quick to leave Daddy's presence or put him in a little box of time. He may have more planned for our time with him....
He was the king of Israel. He had tons of responsibilities and battles to fight. He was a very busy man. As busy as he was, he longed for God. He wanted nothing more than to be in the Lord's presence.
O GOD, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory.Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. So will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips
When I remember You upon my bed and meditate on You in the night watches.
For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice.
My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.
But those who seek and demand my life to ruin and destroy it shall [themselves be destroyed and] go into the lower parts of the earth [into the underworld of the dead].
They shall be given over to the power of the sword; they shall be a prey for foxes and jackals.
But the king shall rejoice in God; everyone who swears by Him [that is, who binds himself by God's authority, acknowledging His supremacy, and devoting himself to His glory and service alone; every such one] shall glory, for the mouths of those who speak lies shall be stopped. - Psalm 63:1
WOW! Now that is a man who longs for God. As busy as David was with the business of life, He still made God the center. God was always in is heart and on his mind. Read the Psalms and you will see...
Paul was one of the leaders of the early church. He was a very busy man with a heavy burden to spread the Truth of God's love to the world. He was persecuted and in constant peril...yet, he sought God, and wanted to be with God.
But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as loss for Christ's sake. Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish in order that I may win (gain) Christ,And that I may[actually be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law's demands, but possessing that which comes through faith in Christ, the truly right standing with God, which comes from God by saving faith. For my determined purpose i] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]
That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body]. - Philippians 3:7-11
Paul was a man who understood the TRUE meaning and purpose for life. He knew that without the Lord there was nothing. He knew that his life belonged to God and ONLY God.
Today's Body is quite busy. We have no time for God, ministry, reaching out to the lost, spending time in the Word, praising His Holy Name, or anything God related. We put Him in a little box and spend time with Him once or twice a week at church...but, is that enough? Is HE our beloved? Is Daddy our FIRST love? Is the Lord the center of our lives? Have we lost our focus?
Have we put other things (gods) before Him?
Business, television, riches, hobbies, work, children, activities, friendships, daily tasks, and the like can be gods in our lives. ANYTHING that we put before God is a hindrance to the most important aspect of our lives...a personal and deep growing relationship with the Creator of all things. If we delight more in the latest episode of a meaningless, most likely unhealthy, television show than spending time in the Word, we have a serious problem. We have put the television god before the One Who loves us like no other. The One Who laid down His very life for undeserving us.
I want to challenge you (and myself) to seek earnestly a deeper and closer walk with your Daddy in Heaven.
- Put Him first
- Read the Word
- Memorize at least one Scripture a week
- Turn the television off
- Get up early
- Go to bed late
- Give up a hobby
- Make a schedule
- Listen to teaching tapes while driving
- Turn on praise music instead of TV or secular music
- Get more involved at church
Pray about it and ask God to help you seek Him first and to show you how. Trust me, He loves you so very much and will be thrilled at the thought of spending time with His long lost friend! And, He is WORTH our time!
Daddy God, I love You. I delight in You. I want nothing more than to know you better. You are the reason I am alive. You are the reason I will spend eternity in paradise. You are the reason for every good thing. I love You. I adore You. I want You. I need You. Please reach deep into my heart and pull out anything and everything that is not pleasing to you. Reach in there and change my heart to be like You. Teach me to love. Help me to seek You first. Help me to find the time. Show me the areas in my life that I have made gods. Show me the things in my life that keep me from you and help me to be a balanced child. I love You. You are worthy of my time, my love, and my whole heart. You are an Awesome and Mighty God. You are my Daddy, my Source, my Strong Tower, my Love, my Refuge, my Everything. I love you, Daddy. In Jesus Mighty and Saving Name, Amen!
I have added some Scriptures to help get you started in God's life giving Word. You are a child of the King and He loves you very much...go on now, Daddy is waiting for you....
Scriptures were taken from the Amplified Bible. Special thanks to my husband and Frank St.John for reminding me WHO should be first in my life.
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About the Author: Lara Velez is a Christian wife and homeschooling Mother of two. She is a published writer, web designer - http://designedbylara.com/blog, and Mom of Faith. You can read more of her devotionals on her faith blog; http://mythoughtsasamomoffaith.blogspot.com, She enjoys cooking, writing, scrapbooking, and web design.