Happy New year everyone! I apologise for the long break since the last blog post . I pray for the grace to be more consistent with blog posts this year (Please pray for me too).
I know it is the beginning of the year and everyone probably has a list of new year resolutions they can’t wait to get started on. For most Christians, this list usually includes better bible study and a more consistent prayer life.
Trust me, I know this struggle quite well. You start the year off pumped and ready to go but life gradually tumbles out of order and 24 hours is no longer enough to do all the things we need to do. Nine times of ten, the first thing to take the hit when the whirlwind of busyness comes is our spiritual life.
I was reading the book of Genesis and I noticed something for the first time in the verse below.
Enoch walked in [Habitual fellowship] with God three hundred years after the birth of Methuselah and had other sons and daughters” Genesis 5:23 [AMP]
Enoch, the famous Enoch who walked so closely and intimately with God that he was taken straight to heaven (Genesis 5:21-24). No death, just straight to heaven. The one person who was noted in the bible for consistent and intimate fellowship with God was a family man who probably had a full-time job as well. He wasn’t some hermit in the middle of nowhere with all the time in the world, he wasn’t even a pastor, he was a regular person with a regular life like you and I.
When I saw this, it encouraged me greatly to keep pushing and not relent. God cherishes the time that we spend with Him. Yes, The God of the universe wants to walk with us. It’s so amazing that it made David ask the question below,
“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?” Psalm 8:3-4
The love that God has for us is second to none. This is why He gave his only son to die for us that we may be reconciled to Him.
Busyness is one of the enemy’s timeless tools for hindering children of God. We see this in the book of Exodus when Moses challenged Pharaoh to release the Israelites so that they could serve their God. Here was Pharaoh’s first reaction,
“Don’t supply any more straw for making bricks as before. Don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy. That’s why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifices to our God.’” Exodus 5:7-8 [NLT]
In other words, when we give them more work they won’t have time too serve God. They will be too overwhelmed, frustrated and stressed to spend time with God. Sound familiar?
No matter how busy we get, let’s guard our time with God jealously.
I would like to share a few important points we should consider and seek to walk closer and more consistently with God.
1. Seek to understand the “why?” the value of understanding the reason for anything we do cannot be over-emphasised. Why do we pray? Why do we read our Bibles? Why do we worship God with songs? The Bereans Christians were commended in Acts 17:11 because “they received the word with all readiness and searched the scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” As we begin to probe and uncover the reasons and benefits for certain things we do as Christians, our walk with God is put into clearer perspective
2. Keep it real! Remember that prayer, the word and worship are only instruments that we use to achieve our goal with God, what do I mean? You are not spending time with your bible. You are spending time with God using your bible. Hope you got that? Don’t get so overwhelmed by the activity that you shift your focus from God, the person who you are spending time with. This is a really easy trap to fall into, so we need to be watchful. The minute you notice your focus drifting, pull yourself back.
3. Have a plan! If you don’t set apart the time you spend with God, something else will take up the time. Routines help us build habits, habits keep us going when willpower is weak or absent.
4. Give God time! Be generous with the time that you give to God. The God of Heaven and Earth wants to spend precious time with you and you give him just a few minutes? C’mon. If the president of your country wanted to speak to you, I’m sure you would gladly clear your day. Please don’t get me wrong, I know there aren’t enough hours in the day. But do give God as much time as you HONESTLY can (even if you have to cut back on some sleep and Instagram time). I promise you will never regret it!
5. Ask for help! Always ask the Holy Spirit for His assistance, He is always more than willing to help.
Lord, I pray for the person reading this post. I pray that you grant them the grace to seek you diligently and consistently. I pray that the blood of Jesus will wipe away every stain of guilt, condemnation and frustration that the enemy may have planted. Help them to see and perceive Your immense love for us and the desire you have to walk with us. Please, plant in them an unquenchable hunger for You and Your presence daily. This I pray, in the name of Jesus.
Thank you so much for reading! Let’s get talking in the comment section below, what keeps you dwelling in the secret place? What tips do you have for us? You never know someone else may learn a thing or two.
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By Ayowade Adeleye