Monday 21st December 2020
Title: FIND TIME WITH GOD
Pastor Soong Kok Kee
Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation .
The secret of a close relationship with God is to pray to Him earnestly each morning. Although David was the King of Israel, yet he found time to talk to his God. And here he says he does it in the morning. The first thing he did after he got up was to lay his requests before God. Regular daily communication helps any friendship and is certainly even more necessary for a strong and intimate relationship with our God. We need to daily communicate with God through prayer and the reading of His Word.
It was more than 55 years ago that A.W. Tozer said, “Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but impossible.” He wrote these words long before email, the Internet, 500-channel TV, smart phone and a thousand and one other “time-saving” technologies began to rob us of so much of our time.
But it is not just electronic obstacles and modern complexities that hinder our devotional life. More often than we want to admit, the biggest hindrance and problem to establishing a close and intimate time with God is not something outside of ourselves. It’s our reluctance to choose to spend time with God in prayer and Bible reading.
Try these three steps:-
First – we must confess our failure to make time for God. If we can spend countless hours on the internet, Facebook, Smart phone etc etc etc…. how come we cannot find time to be with our God?
Second – we need to recognize that spending time with God is essential for our spiritual lives. We must realize that it is as important to us as making sure we have enough food and drink every day. We can’t survive long without either of that.
Third – we must develop a plan. In Psalm 5:3, David says he scheduled a special time with God in the mornings. We all know mornings would be the best time as our minds are fresh after a good night’s sleep. But city dwellers would find that hard to practise, as they have to be on the road before 7 am to beat the traffic. Students will usually be picked up by school buses at 6am.
I think the most important thing is to schedule a time. I know of some brothers and sisters in the above category who spend their time with God during their lunch break. They will either bring their lunch to work or have a quick lunch and then rush back to the office to have their time with God. Some do it after their dinner or before they sleep. Whatever time you choose, you must be consistent until you find it necessary to choose another time. You can’t be doing it in the morning one day, lunch time the next day, and before you sleep the day after that – by the fourth day, you would have forgotten whether you have done it or not!
Spending time with God by reading His Word and talking to Him in prayer is so important for the growth of our spiritual life.
An Unknown Author penned the following, titled…
NEVER FOUND TIME
I knelt to pray, but not for long.
I had too much to do.
Must hurry off and get to work,
For bills would soon be due.
And so I said a hurried prayer,
Jumped up from off my knees,
My Christian duties now were done,
My soul could be at ease.
All through the day I had no time
To speak a word of cheer;
No time to speak of Christ to friends,
They’d laugh at me I feared.
No time, no time, too much to do.
That was my constant cry;
No time to give to those in need –
At last, t’was time to die.
And then before the Lord I came,
I stood with downcast eyes;
Within His hands He held a book –
It was the “Book of Life.”
God looked into His book and said,
“Your name I cannot find,”
“I once was going to write it down,
But never found the time.”
Dear Lord, help us not to be too busy in the business of this world that we forget to find time with you. Help us to set our priorities right, Lord. Help us to love You with all our hearts and with all our souls and with all our minds and with all our strength and our neighbor as ourselves. Help us to seek first your kingdom and your righteousness and all that we need will be given to us. In Jesus’ precious Name we pray, AMEN.
超过55年前，陶恕(A.W. Tozer)说过：“现代文明如此复杂，以至于几乎不可能有灵修的生活。” 早在电子邮件、互联网、500频道电视、智能手机以及上千种其他 “省时” 技术开始抢走我们如此多的时间之前，他就写下了这些话。
我认为最重要的是安排一个时间。我认识一些上述类型的兄弟姐妹，他们在午休时间与上帝共度时光。他们要么带午餐去上班，要么匆匆吃一顿午餐，然后赶回办公室与上帝独处。有些人在晚饭后或睡觉前这样做。无论您选择什么时间，都必须保持一致，直到您发现有必要选择另一个时间。您无法一天选择在早晨，第二天选择在午餐时间，之后的一天却选择在睡觉之前 – 到第四天时，您会忘记自己是否已经花时间与上帝独处了！