Do you ever get to the end of a week and look back to realize you didn't spend one minute purposely with God? Have you beat yourself up for not reading your Bible enough? Have you felt shame and guilt over not making time with God a priority? If your answer is "yes" to any one of these questions....trust me....you are not alone.
This post is not intended to heap more guilt on your already guilt ridden head. God does not want us coming to Him out of guilt or shame or an "I ought to" attitude. He wants us to come because we want to come. Because we miss Him. Because we want to hear from Him. Because we want to thank Him. Because we want to give Him praise for Who He is and what He has done. Because we know that when we come....He will meet us.
I was encouraging our son Taylor this week in this struggle to "find the time" in this fast pace, overscheduled life many of us live. I told him I believe one of the lies the enemy gets Christ followers to believe is....if I don't have 30 minutes or more to spend with God, it doesn't do much good. WRONG. LIE. NOT TRUE. FAR FROM RIGHT. Get the point? The enemy, as stupid as he is, knows that even 10 minutes in the presence of the Almighty can do more for our thirsty souls than we can ever imagine. This thought of "oh, I only have 10 minutes, I can't accomplish anything significant with Jesus in 10 minutes" is so far from true....but we believe it time and time again. The enemy loves it and the Father continues to wait.....for us to have more time.
So this week...I want to challenge you to take those 10 minutes you have, or 15, or maybe the 20 minutes you have....and get alone with Jesus. Pray, read a Proverb, sit in silence and listen to what He might speak to you. You will feel better and closer to God and the enemy will realize you got ahold of the truth....the truth that ANY time with God is valuable and worth every second!