We were gifted a devotional book recently. It’s call Wisdom for Living by Boyd Bailey. He is a part of Wisdom Hunters, a great resource for all kinds of devotionals. I have been using it in my daily devotional time and today’s is a subject I would like to share with you.
There is nothing more important in my day than time with God. When I spend time with God, it’s like seeing the world with rose-colored glasses. Seriously, opening my heart to His truth and His message for me allows me to see every area of my life in a different light-through a different lens. Check this out…
Appointments with God
(page 16 of Wisdom for Living by Boyd Bailey)
“Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.” Hosea 10:12
Appointments with God honor God. When He is scheduled daily it shows He is your priority. Some people clamor to get on a celebrities’ calendar, yet Christ is accessible 24/7. Indeed, Jesus, the iconic person of all time is available to engage any interested individual at anytime. Almighty God has no handlers or gatekeepers-He is easily reachable by faith. So, why are we reluctant to schedule time with Eternity? Are we really too busy to pray?
In life we have appointments for activities that really matter to us: haircuts, exercise, doctors, dentists, mechanics, job interviews, breakfasts, lunches, dinners and dates. Why not schedule time with our Savior, so we feel accountable to meet with Him? We would certainly not miss an appointment with Jesus any more than we would stand up our hair stylist. Previously calendared time makes it easier to say, “I have another commitment.”
“This is what the LORD says to Israel: “Seek me and live.” Amos 5:4
We set appointments with the Lord because He is the ultimate expert for living. He is your relational therapist, He is the minister of your soul, He is the psychiatrist of your emotions and the physician of your body. God is your eternal expert for how to do life meaningfully and abundantly. So, you go to God to learn how to go forward in amazing faith-filled living. Your appointments with the Almighty teach you how to live life well.
What is keeping you from calendaring Christ? Time? He has given you enough time to do His will. Fatigue? Rest is the result of resting in the arms of your heavenly Father. Faith? When you show up, He shows up and helps your unbelief. Feelings? Eventually your emotions will catch up with your obedience to be with Jesus. God appointments work.
Perhaps you start with calendaring five minutes a day with Christ, with a goal to increase it to an hour a day. Just as you turn off your phone and give full focus to those with whom you meet, do the same for your Savior. Give Him your undivided attention with no multitasking or distractions. Create a calm place to be quiet before your Lord. Begin the day by feeding your soul and then your fullness of faith will feed other starving souls.
“They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD. They were to do the same in the evening.” 1 Chronicles 23:30
Prayer: Heavenly Father, my heart’s desire is to meet you at a daily appointed time.
Related Readings: 1 Samuel 1:19a; Psalm 5:3; Zephaniah 2:3, Mark 1:35