Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Change”
Our Bible verse for today: “I waited patiently for the Lord, and He turned to me and heard my cry for help. He brought me up from a desolate pit, out of the muddy clay, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:1-3 (HCSB)
Our thought for today: “One of the best changes we can make is to spend more time with God.”
Recently I’ve been going through a season of life that is busier, more demanding, and more stressful than my life normally is – and certainly more so than I would prefer. Unfortunately I have to admit that I’ve allowed the pressures and demands of life to cut into my quiet time with the Lord. Oh, I still have a time of prayer and Bible reading first thing in the morning, but the amount of time spent seems to be getting shorter and my focus isn’t what it should be.
Also, I realize that I’m preaching to the choir here. I know many of you who are reading this. I’m your Pastor and I have a pretty good sense of what your lives are like. You’re just as busy as I am, maybe even busier, and some of you are under much more pressure and stress than I am. So you’re probably rolling your eyes right now and thinking, “Just suck it up Pastor and stop whining.” Ok, you’re right. I’m done.
The truth is that I know better than to let life intrude on my time with God. When things get a little tougher than normal and the pressure builds, that’s when we need to spend even more time with God, not less. This is the lesson David was teaching in Psalm 40. Evidently he had something going on in his life that left him crying out to the Lord. How did he handle it? Well, we read in verse one that David “waited patiently for the Lord”. In prayer, in meditation, perhaps reading Scripture, he waited for the Lord. And in time, God responded. He lifted David out of that muddy and desolate emotional pit, set him back on solid footing, gave him a renewed sense of security and well-being, and put a new song in his heart and on his lips.
As life closes in and presses down upon us, we can begin to feel as if we need to devote even more time and attention to the issues of life. That then can cause us to make excuses for skipping our quiet time with the Lord, or rushing through it. Instead, we need to push back against that tendency and actually spend more time with God, not less.
One of the best changes we can make is to spend more time with God.
God Bless, Pastor Jim