Just as we need to eat and drink each day in order to fuel our bodies, we need to spend time with God each day to fuel our spirit. We don’t hesitate to get up and have breakfast, so why do we hesitate to spend time with God; to receive the spiritual fuel that we need to make it through each day. Andrew Murray, in his book, “The Deeper Christian Life,” says:
“The first and chief need of our Christian life is, Fellowship with God.
The Divine life within us comes from God, and is entirely dependent upon Him. As I need every moment afresh the air to breathe, as the sun every moment sends down it’s light, so it is only in direct living communication with God that my soul can be strong.
The manna of one day was corrupt when the next day came. I must every day have fresh grace from heaven, and I obtain it only in direct waiting upon God Himself. Begin each day by tarrying before God, and letting Him touch you. Take time to meet God.”
Most of us are busy. We are busy with our jobs and our families. We are trying to do all the things that we think we need to do to provide for our families and our futures. We are busy with hobbies. The fall and winter is an especially busy time for football fans, as well as those who enjoy hunting. There are many activities that can fill our time, and if we are not careful, we will fill all of our time and not make any time for God.
If we are to keep our Christian life fresh, then our time with God must become a priority in our lives. In my experience, we can’t just let it happen! We can’t just take time that’s left over. We have to commit to time and make it happen. Andrew Murray says that we should start our day “tarrying before God.” This is what works for me. I’m a morning person anyway, but I still have to discipline myself to get up a little earlier so that I can first have that fellowship with Him before the phone starts ringing or I have to go. It doesn’t have to be an long time, but take some time. If you haven’t been having what we will call “quiet time with God,” then don’t try to start with an hour. Start with 10 minutes and let it grow. Make it a discipline in your life. As you get used to 10 minutes, stretch it to 15. Before long, you will need more! Your hunger and thirst for God will grow as He responds to you!
Prayer for today: ” Holy God, lead us into tarrying before you each day, so that we may have the spiritual energy that we need.”