Just like you, I made a New Year’s resolution.
And, just like you, I’ve already blown it.
New years seem to bring our best intentions to the forefront. It’s a worthy endeavor and this year I wanted my resolution to carry some real weight; something that I truly want to see to fruition during the next 365 days and beyond.
What is it, you ask? I want to spend more time knowing God.
This statement may seem a bit odd for someone who gave her life to Christ more than 35 years ago but I’d like to begin my days in quietude, in His presence, reading His Word, asking for His wisdom, and simply learning more about the One I serve.
God Wants a Close, Abiding Relationship with Me
Think about that. Our Heavenly Father already knows everything about us – absolutely everything. He is intimate to the point that He knows the number of the hairs on my head. Thinking otherwise? Read this passage:
“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.” Psalm 139: 1-3
If He is acquainted with all of my ways, shouldn’t I assume that my time with the Lord is not just about me bombarding Him with my requests? Could it be that He’d like for me to spend some of that time getting to know Him better? The answer, I dare say, is YES!
What’s Different This Time?
In the past, I believe the scales of listening were heavily tipped in God’s favor. I’m a blabbermouth when it comes to my time with the Lord. But just as you would do in developing any other relationship, savoring time with Almighty God, listening to Him, asking Him to share His thoughts with you is the only way to deepen your knowledge of Him.
That’s what I want to do henceforth. Here are some steps I plan to implement in 2017:
- Avoid ALL distractions that pull me away from spending more time knowing God. If I’m so busy that I can’t spend at least 15 minutes with God each morning, then I’m too busy. Of course, 15 minutes is just an arbitrary number. I am, after all, the master of my own calendar!
- Reading His Word is paramount to understanding who God is. If I want to know God’s unimpeachable character, His unending promises, and His unfailing love, then it makes sense to hear what He has said throughout the ages. His words are found only in scripture.
- Meditate on my daily reading throughout the day. What do His words mean for me this day? How can I obey, and apply, them during my day?
While these are simply preliminary steps to knowing God more deeply, they will propel me on my road to discovery. In 2017, I want to delight in spending time with the Lord as opposed to feeling as though I’m under some religious duress. I mean really, Bev, is there anything more important?
As we pencil in appointments in our 2017 calendars, consider scheduling time with God. It should be the first thing we do. Charles Stanley said it best, “God will never give us such a schedule that holds no time for Him.”
In this new year, I will pray for you (as I hope you will for me) to joyfully commit to knowing our God, Creator, Redeemer in a way that you never have before.
Be a blessing,