by pastor david
“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
According to Dictionary.com, the word, “Expedite” means, “to speed up the progress of; or hasten”. We certainly live in a fast-paced, expedited world and it seems that the dominating factor behind all we do is speed. We want what we want and we want it now!
We carry a miniature computer around in our pocket from which we can make phone calls, instantly access the Internet, check emails, receive instant messages from a variety of sources, check the weather, get directions to any destination in the world, book flights, start our cars, check security videos, play games, send pictures, and a thousand other things – all in an instant.
We are living in the “Instant Generation”!
Don't get me wrong. I love all the modern conveniences and make use of many of them but sometimes our need for speed, our need to expedite things can get us into trouble – especially when it comes to spiritual and eternal matters.
Let me mention one area of concern. Do you try to expedite your devotional time, your personal time alone with God? What does that look like on a daily basis?
A number of tools have been developed to help us spend a brief amount of time with the Lord and His Word each day. I suppose the thinking behind these tools is that a little time with the Lord is better than no time spent with the Lord – with which I am forced to agree.
However, as I read God’s Word, I hear God pleading for us to spend protracted periods of time with Him in prayer and the reading of God’s Word each day.
Jesus set the example for us: “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed” (Mark 1:35). He had a specific time and a special place to meet with His heavenly Father and that established a spiritual pattern.
The Psalmists knew how important spending time alone with God was – especially time alone with God in the morning. For instance…
• (Psalm 5:3) “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.”
• (Psalm 59:16) “But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning.”
• (Psalm 88:13) “But to You I have cried out, O Lord, and in the morning my prayer comes before you.”
There are so many Scriptural passages that underscore the importance of giving God the first waking moments of each day.
• God asks for the first part of our week – Sunday.
• He asks for the first part of our income – our tithes.
• The Lord also asks for the first part of our day – our mornings!
Believe me, I know how easy it is to rush through a verse or two and recite a quick prayer and proceed on through the day, because I’ve done it. But oh how much more fulfilling it is to quiet yourself before the Lord and pour out your heart to Him in praise and petition and oh how rewarding it is to spend a significant amount of time reading the very words of our Lord addressed specifically to you.
I am often asked, “How much time should I spend in ‘devotions’?” My standard reply is, “Read until you get something fresh from God. Pray until you sense you are in His very presence”. If you make that your daily habit, your time spent with the Lord will always be productive, a blessing to you, and will please the heart of the Lord.
My experience has been that when I spend time with the Lord in the morning, I sense His presence, His protection, and His promptings all through the day – and it just doesn’t get any better than that.
Pastor David Boggs
I hope these occasional posts will encourage and challenge you as we grow in Christ together.
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