“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein both day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8
It’s the same thing every day of every crazy week: you’re tired, rushing, and already behind before you step out of bed. Before you can blink, the day is over and you’re scurrying to get the last things done you can before you hop into bed, blink, and wake up to do it all over again the very next day.
We’ve all got little responsibility and obligation moths that seem to eat away at the very fabric of time, leaving our days tattered and torn and us wondering where the hours went. With all that we have on our plates, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, under-prepared, and overly anxious. If you’re like me, then there are days that you count as a success simply because you managed to get a shower and actually make a complete dinner that took more than two pots to prepare. Truthfully, there are some days when all it takes is the shower for me to mark them down as red-letter days.
In such a hurried mess, it is easy for some things to fall to the side, for them to get edged out and even slip into the ever-growing land of “How Could I Forget to Do That.” And, as hard as it may be to believe, our daily time spent reading the Word of God is often one of the first to go. After all, when worldly responsibilities loom overhead, Satan is sure to coax us towards the faulty belief that it’s okay to skip reading and meditating on the Bible. That time recharges us and lets us face things fresh and new, so why wouldn’t it be something Satan wants us to let go of?
I’ve done it myself, more times than I’d like to admit. But I’m human, just like you, and it’s easy for us to be persuaded when we’re just plain old worn out. So, then what do we do? How do we manage to find time every single day to spend alone with the Lord and His Word?
It starts with an understanding, and believe me, it is one that you’ll have to hold on to and remind yourself of daily. Are you ready?
God will never give us a schedule so busy that we don’t have time for Him.
I know some of you are probably shaking your heads and scowling, but it’s very true. Even when our day is filled with doing good things, things to help the church and bring glory to God’s name, He still won’t give us a schedule so full that we don’t have room for quality time alone with Him and His Word.
God tells us in Joshua 1: 8, that we are to meditate on His Word both day and night. If we’re to do that, and we’re giving Him first place in our lives, then we’ll have time to stop and spend some time with Him. He doesn’t say how long, and He doesn’t give an exact time of the day. But He does tell us “day and night.” To me, that seems to indicate at least starting and ending my day with Him. Be it five minutes or fifteen, I can guarantee you that it will be time well spent.
Do you know how I know it will be time well spent?
God says it will.
In that very same verse, He tells us—just like He was telling Joshua—that the time we spend with Him and His Word will make us prosperous and successful. Spending time daily reflecting on God’s Word, thinking about His love for us, and finding out more about Him and His will for our lives helps us grow in our relationship with Him. It also helps us recharge our spiritual batteries, refresh our hope, and face our crazy, hectic lives with courage and a more upward-looking outlook.
Dear Lord, thank You for slowing me down enough to realize that You will never give me so much to do that I don’t have time for You. Thank You for helping me to see the benefits of my time spent with you daily and how better prepared I will be to face each day if I start and end the day with You. Help me to push the Devil aside when he whispers in my ear that I don’t have time to read my Bible or meditate on Your Word. Guide me as I start to re-order my days so that I start and end with You. Thank You for Your Word, Lord. Thank You for my time with You and how much You refresh me and give me hope. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Shared on The Encouraging Hearts and Home Blog Share on March 16, 2017: http://www.yearroundhomeschooling.com/encouraging-hearts-home-mar-15th/