April 6, 2007
Ever have one of those days where you were just horribly busy? Maybe emergencies came up or a disaster that needed to be dealt with right away. Did you skip a meal or eat junk food because it was fast? How’d you feel?
We never go without food if we can help it. We know we need it to function.
Yet it’s too easy to go without a spiritual meal.
Like our routine meals, we need a spiritual routine, too. Remember, we’re not using the word “routine” with the meaning of being in a rut. We’re talking about creating good habits and patterns that become second nature.
And making our devotions with God a daily habit is essential if we expect to function as Christians. Not making time for God and His Word starves us, exhausts us, and makes us useless Christians so far from God. The sad thing is sometimes we don’t even know it. We’re like the anorexic who looks in the mirror and truly thinks he’s fine. A little scary, isn’t it?
The more I grow as a Christian, the more I realize how much I depend on God. There’s nothing I’ve accomplished or learned on my own. Everything I have, everything I do is a gift from Him. No matter what I’m going through, whether a trial or a success, I have to cling to God.
Kinda hard to do if I don’t spend time in the Bible.
My challenge to you today is to make sure you have a daily routine for your time with God. It might be before bed, during your lunch break, or first thing in the morning, whatever works for your schedule.
Me — I’m a first-thing-in-the-morning person beause once I get my day started, I have a hard time settling down for a quiet, contemplative time to study. And I love how doing it first thing in the morning starts off my day. If I have my devotions at night, I end up with too many things to confess! But that’s just me.
So what’s your routine? What works best for you? If you don’t have a set pattern, let me encourage you to start one today. Make sure you’re not an anorexic Christian.