“You have said, 'Seek my face.' My heart says to you, 'Your face, LORD, do I seek.'” Psalm 28:7
We are creatures of habit. Day-to-day routines are at times like rituals, and if thrown off, it can send some of us into a turvy. Most of us are good at keeping things on schedule and sticking to the habitual agendas. There are many things that are crucial to our everyday tasks. One of those things—the most important—is to ensure that our minds and hearts are satisfied in the Lord. God calls His children to come meet with Him in prayer and reading of His holy Scriptures (Psalm 27:8).
Setting a time of intimacy with God is essential to our everyday spiritual health and growth. With the hearing, reading, and teaching of His Word, our busy hearts and task-oriented minds can put things into its proper perspective. Think of a relationship with a loved one or close friend. How did that relationship grow? What relationship can grow without increasing knowledge of that person and communication? By spending time with this person, by growing with them, and by getting to know them on a personal level is how affection and intimacy is increased. In the Scriptures, we can learn who God is and hear Him speak directly to us. How else can we come to know a person on a more intimate ground unless we are given revelation of who that person is? This is what God does for us in His Bible. The Scriptures are about Him (John 5:39-40).
Even our Lord took time to meet with the Father in private away from the crowds of people who wanted His attention (Mark 1:35, Matthew 14:23). He had His priorities set. And as born-again children who are being formed into the image of Christ, we would do well to follow this example He has so lovingly shown us. With Christ now ruling in our hearts, let us take time to draw near when we feel the longing of meeting with our God. Even when we don’t feel like it, let us strive to push aside all over things to do what is most important—meeting with our Savior. Meet with God, seek Him first, and make Him the priority! Don’t worry about the rest (Matthew 6:33).
Lord, I confess to You that I struggle with setting an aside a time with just You and me. In the busyness of the day, I can push it off and not make it the most important part of my day. Help me to dwell on Matthew 6, and submit myself to You when You call me to come meet You and seek Your face. I pray that I would grow in this area. In Christ’s name and for His glory, Amen.
When is a great time that you can meet with the Lord in prayer and reading? Morning? Afternoon? Evening? Whatever time is set aside, deem that as the most important part of your day! Don’t forget to meet with God today!