Confession time. We’ve all done it. We’ve all missed our devotions for the day without doing anything about it. I’ve found that when I do it, I end up lying in my bed after nightfall regretting that I missed my most important appointment. Sure, I got my school done. Sure, I hung out with my friends a bit. Sure, I got some work in. But I didn’t see fit to devote even a portion of my time to the exclusive study and worship of my Creator, Savior, and Sustainer. What a tragic mistake we make when we let God fall into the background. He is our all! He died for us! He is the only reason we live! How could we selfishly turn our backs on such a life-giving and necessary practice as our daily devotions to our God? Because we’re “too busy?” Because we “don’t need to?” Of course not.
There’s Always Time
We lazy Christians need to stop fooling ourselves. We aren’t too busy for daily devotions. None of us are. It’s impossible to be too busy for God. We always have time to do what we think is most important. That’s why we never suddenly run out of food. We know we have to eat, so when the fridge begins looking a little bare, we run off to the grocery store. It doesn’t matter if we’re busy with other things. We set aside time to do what we see as most essential. Staying alive is important, so we take care of ourselves even when things are busy. How much more so then is the daily act of praying to God and reading from His Word?
“Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” – John 6:27
“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” – John 6:35
If you truly value your time spent alone with God, you’ll easily find a way to do it every day. Don’t think you can? Try going to bed earlier so you can get up to pray and study your Bible before the craziness of the day starts. If you really have too much going on every day, then get rid of some frequent events or routines. Stop checking Facebook for hours after school. Give up your participation in a sport or hobby. Anything it takes to give you precious time with your Lord and Savior is more than worth it. Time spent alone with God is glorious and necessary to us all and should be viewed as a great privilege, not a loathsome task we have to fit into our schedules every day.
Do it. Now.
I challenge you to do it. Spend time every day with God in honest prayer and thorough study of His Word. All it takes is some re-prioritizing, and it is by far the most important thing you will do every day. Cultivating a real, living relationship with the real God who loves you beyond all understanding is the only way you will truly grow in holiness, sanctification, and lasting joy. It is the only way you will accomplish work for the Kingdom of God. You can’t share the Gospel of the God you know nothing about and don’t really view as important. That is hypocrisy of the worst kind. Love and cherish your Lord as a natural part of everyday life. Why should we need to be reminded to partake in something so indispensable and wonderful as going to the well of living water to drink our fill? Don’t put God on the back burner. Always cherish your King by pursuing Him and worshiping Him every day that He gives you on this earth.
“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” – Psalm 1:1-2
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” – Psalm 46:10