Tuesday, August 1, 2017

When I Live Without God As Part of the Equation

I am a Christian. I love the Lord with all of my heart. Yet, life gets busy. I get busy.

It can be so easy for me, to go weeks without picking up my Bible, or reading God’s Word… unless I’m forced to, because I’m currently in a Bible Study group.

It can be so easy for me to go days, without praying or speaking to the God I love. I mean, I’m busy, right?

I can get tired, and want to skip church on the weekends. I only have two days to catch up on rest, get things done around the house, and regroup before the week begins again. So I choose Sunday, to be that “catch-up” day.

Are you like me? Are you a Christian living without God as part of the equation in your days?

How do we do it? Not very well, in my opinion. It shows up in all we do.

We are tired, stressed, irritable, anxious, confused, and we wonder why. We wonder when the churn of life will spit us out, and we can slow down. Calm down. Regroup.

The thing is, when I live without God as part of the equation, I’m saying that everything else in my life is more important than Him. I’m saying that I, am more important than Him.

Oh, how convicted my soul! How ashamed I am!

Not only that, but God shouldn’t be PART of the equation in our lives. He should be the whole dang goal. He should be our focus. Our priority.

We shouldn’t just read the Bible because we have to, we should dwell on it. Ponder its words. Soak it in. Let it permeate our very souls.

We shouldn’t just pray to God when we have a need, but we should speak to Him in thanks, and in a posture of listening. He has things He wants to say to us, too!

We shouldn’t just go to church because we have to. We should go to church because we thirst for MORE. We quench for healing, learning, growing, and fellowship.

Yes, I love the Lord with all of my heart. But I don’t always show it. I shove Him aside, because I can. Because my favorite TV show, my work online, folding the laundry, and chaperoning my kids in my car, is so much more important.

What if I took Him with me? What if I spoke to Him through it? What if I consulted Him before each thing, and whispered to Him in my heart as I went about each thing?

Oh, Lord. Please forgive us. Forgive us for letting Satan distract us from YOU. We say we believe, we say we love you, and yet where are you? We go about our lives without you.

I am so sorry, Lord. Give us the desire, the thirst, the habits and discipline we need to once again place you on the throne of our lives, where you belong. It is only then, that we will find what we are seeking. It is only then, that we will feel peace, calm, rest, and clarity.

You are more than anything I could chase here on earth. Show me as I seek your face.

Oh, how I love you Lord. Thank you for your grace and mercy.


quietspirit said...

Dionna: You say a lot of interesting things here. Several years ago, I say a saying, "If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy." That spoke to me.

Dionna said...

It's all about priorities!