As I was driving to the midweek service at my church, I had a moment of reflection. As I was patiently waiting for the red light to turn green, I suddenly asked myself “Have I spoken to God today?” I found it very troubling that I couldn’t even remember if I had talked to my Heavenly Father. I’m sad to admit that this isn’t the first time this has happened. It’s definitely not something I’m proud of.
How awful is that? Going almost a whole day without talking to the One who created me.
I remembered reading the Bible earlier in the day, but I had forgotten to speak to the Author. How does that even make sense?
Even though I’m in my early 20’s, sometimes I can forget things easily, too easily. So, maybe I just don’t remember speaking to Him, which is also awful. I sincerely want to remember spending time with my Heavenly Father.
We may be going through a tough situation and we may cry out to God “Where are You?”, “Why aren’t You helping Me?” “Can You hear Me?”
If we can’t remember spending time with Him, how can we expect Him to respond to our cries?
Just like someone who is special to us on Earth, we wouldn’t go days without talking to them. So why go days without talking to the One who made us?
We are as close to God as we choose to be. We are not going to feel close to Him, if we don’t spend time with Him.
If we feel far away from God, who moved?
James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”
Psalm 18:6 “In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.”
If we draw close to God, He will draw close to us. We have the choice to draw close to Him. We can choose to use our time for other things or we can choose to spend time with our Heavenly Father.
Setting aside time to spend with God is very important. I like to try to spend time with God first thing in the morning. Why?
- He created the day we just woke up to. I feel it’s essential to take the time to thank Him for another day.
- Spending time with Him first thing and knowing He is with us every step of the way can make our day a lot easier.
- Spending time with Him first thing also makes Him our #1 priority. He wants to be #1 in our lives. Is He #1 in our lives?
Have we spent time with God today? If we have, do we remember what we read?
It can be so easy to wake up and immediately be focused on other things we need to do, but if we take a few moments to spend with God, we won’t regret it. We will be thankful we did.
The next time we are tempted to ask God, “Where are You?”, we can ask ourselves “Have I spent time with Him lately?”, “Is He #1 in my life?”, “Have I moved away from Him?”
Take the time needed to ponder these questions. Make it a point to spend time with Him every day.
Set a reminder in your calendar/ phone if need be.
We are not going to grow extremely close to Him overnight. Growing close to God is a lifelong journey. One that we shouldn’t take lightly.
Hope you all have a great day!