It is often said that healthy relationships require work. This is true for marital relationships, for friendships, but it is also true for our relationships with God. God wants us to seek Him, but unfortunately sometimes we get so consumed with our daily lives that we simply can’t find time to pencil Him in.
God understands that we have busy lives. He knows that we have jobs to go to, children to take care of, and households to run. If we skip reading our Bible, or forget to pray, He’s not holding it against us.God is a God of grace; but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t still be giving Him the best that we have to offer, especially when we claim to love Him so much.
If an old friend came into town for a visit, most of us could find time to squeeze them into our schedules, despite our hectic lives; so why can’t we do the same for God? Why can’t we make that same effort for the one person who loves us more than anybody else? One has to ask, is it really a time problem, or is the issue with our priorities?
I have no problem admitting that for a very long period in my life I was guilty of undervaluing my relationship with Christ. I wanted to be closer to Him, and I woke up every day with plans to spend more time with Him, yet somehow every single night I climbed into bed exhausted from a long day of completing to do lists. My children had been well taken care of, the bills had successfully been paid, the laundry had been folded and put away, but the one item that never got checked off of my list was spending my alone time with Jesus.
I genuinely felt bad about it, so every night I would pray for forgiveness and promise to do better the next day. This cycle continued to repeat itself until one night after I prayed I hear God say very clearly to me,
“Stop making excuses and start making a way!”
The words convicted me, so the next morning I woke up and I did exactly that; I stopped making excuses, and instead I made a way.
I set my alarm to wake myself up 30 minutes before my kids. I took that time and simply used it to give God thanks. As my day continued, I decided to multitask by dusting off my audio Bible and listening to scripture as I completed my chores. Once my children were down for their naps, I hopped on iTunes and started downloading free Christian podcasts to listen to during my workouts. I switched the radio in my car over to our local Christian station so that I could worship while running errands, and I started keeping a devotional book inside of my purse to read during long waits at appointments.
I had to do all of these things very intentionally at first, but after about a month it became habit, and now spending time with God is a regular part of my day.
Satan is often referred to as the father of lies and one of the biggest ways that he will attempt to separate us from God is not by telling us outright lies, but by telling us just enough truth to get inside of our heads. He did it to Eve in the Garden of Eden and he does it to us today when he tells us that there’s no time for God. The partial truth is that people today do in fact lead incredibly busy lives; but the whole truth is that despite our busy lives, we can still find time for Christ if we make it the priority that it should be.
The reality of the situation is this: each of us has the potential to be as close to, or as far away from God as we choose.
If you’re not where you want to be in your walk with Christ, I challenge you to ask,
“What excuses am I making?”
Identify them, come up with a plan, follow through, and trust that if you seek God, you will find Him.