I never cease to be amazed at how I can find time to fit something extra in my schedule…picking up one of my kids…a phone call from a pastor…talking to someone needing addiction help…checking out a decent movie…writing a devotional.
Talking to friends, their plates are full, but they add in spur-of-the-moment activities fairly regularly. We all get so busy; planning, working…doing. As children of God and believers, we of course want God in our lives, but do we make room for Him as easily as we make room for all these other less-important endeavors?
Making room for God translates to making time then expecting, actually knowing, He will come. These dates, will be in your best interest and under optimal conditions for you.
Need some motivation. If you don’t find time for God, He will definitely come looking for you, get your attention, and speak. From personal experience, there is less discomfort and more peace and fulfillment when I make regular time for Him instead of making Him chase me down…then, for my good when He has to dethrone those other things I am prioritizing above Him.
Today, focus on making some “elbow room” for God. Find a way to spend some time alone with Him. If you wait to long, He comes looking for you…and the disruptions are usually not pretty. Click here to share with the Stepping Stones community why we put God second, or lower.
Dear Father God, My life is so full with “stuff” that I often make no room for You – please forgive me, Father. I want to make room for You and expect You in my life. I know You pursue me and when I don’t pursue You, You will come looking. I know You will dethrone my other idols, even if it hurts me now because it is for my growth and protection. Give me eyes to see this care and instruction when it happens and not be hurt, resentful, and short-sighted. Guard me from Satan’s deception so I can see Your love clearly in these encounters. I pray this in the name of the one who You sent to make room in me for You, Jesus Christ; And all the children of the world say – AMEN!
But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace,was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
I believe I have posted something similar to this before. But it is definately worth repeating. About 1 year ago I started getting up at least 1 hour before the other 5 members of our family and devoting that time to God and me. It is so worth all the effort to get out of bed early (I have never been a morning person!) and spend time with God before my day starts with the children. No matter what kind of day it turns out to be I feel like I can handle anything with Grace and Wisdom because I put God at the head of my day and he led me through it!