Is your God time consistent? I’m consistent with having time with God every day, but I sometimes I stop after a little “snack” of being in His Word. That’s better than nothing, right? 😉
I’m admitting this even after I encouraged in my mini ebook, Maintaining a Strong Inner Man:
Don’t be satisfied until you’ve had a daily portion from the Lord. If all you have is 15 minutes to study the Bible, and after that time is up you feel unfulfilled, come back later and keep digging! God has a gold mine waiting for you to discover.
That’s my goal, but I don’t always do it. I get lazy. I “flesh out.” I finish the “day” for the Bible study I’m going through and the internal check mark drowns out the nudge of the Holy Spirit calling me to linger. Or maybe I just suppress Him on the days I know I need more.
Still, having a daily appointment with God is important to me. It’s very important now, but it wasn’t always that way.
When I first started learning how to open my heart to Him, I began to grasp the understanding that God desires for us to grow spiritually. Then the desire sparked in me to progress as a follower of Jesus. The problem was, I would forget most days.
Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Ps. 145:2
I wasn’t in the habit of keeping that daily appointment, though, because it wasn’t priority. I’m not sure what switched for me when I started wanting to meet with God every day. Maybe it was when my mom started insisting that, “A Sunday-morning-only Christian isn’t going to make it in the kingdom of God!” I’m glad that stuck with me on days when I would struggle with the temptation to ignore God’s gentle invitation.
On the days I didn’t forget, I realized only good was coming out of it! I enjoyed learning biblical truths and experiencing His sweet presence. While learning to love Him back, I felt complete in Him. I eventually hungered for more consistency.
One Winter Night
Then one winter night in early 2008 I climbed into bed entirely too excited to fall asleep. I couldn’t wait to wake up and follow my new found early morning routine of seeking God. Chilly sheets mixed with the adrenaline buzz caused me to shiver. The phrase “daily time” burned within me, but I was smiling wide in the dark.
The Holy Spirit reminded me how it already meant a great deal to me. I was determined for that phrase to be a permanent fixture in my life. I remembered how it meant surrender yet satisfaction.
Suddenly, the acronym took form. I followed His encouragement to create, and the sentences came together. The words “Daily Time” took anchor in my heart: Determining Again I Live Yielded. Today I’m Maintaining Evidence.
According to one survey, only 19% of churchgoers spend time reading the Bible daily apart from a church service. Why isn’t that number higher?
Habit. Perhaps followers of Jesus desiring to seek Him daily lack consistency because they haven’t yet established the habit.
I encourage you to be intentional with building the habit of having a Daily Time with God. Next time we will talk about how.
Is your God time consistent? Why or why not?
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