My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
Has your heart heard the Lord calling you lately to come talk with Him? I recently read a fascinating yet disturbing article on christianitytoday.com, revealing the latest statistics of how often churchgoers read the bible. The study revealed that only 19% of churchgoers read the Bible daily, which is pretty much the same as the 18% that rarely/never read the Bible. And, only 25% read it a few times a week. What I find puzzling is that 90% of them agree that they want to please and honor Jesus in all they do, yet they’re not consistently seeking His will in His word. Although the article went on to list six things that lead to increased Biblical engagement, I couldn’t help but think of the one thing that decreases it, busyness.
Life is busy. I know! Even though I am fortunate to be a stay-at home mom, my life is constantly on the go. A lot of my friends have a 40 hour work week on top of the demands of being a wife, mother, and taking care of the home. It baffles me how they manage it all, as their time is not as flexible as mine.
While having my quiet time and praying over this post, I thought that if I had a full time job and it wasn’t in ministry, would I still consistently carve out time for God’s word?
The answer now is a resounding yes! The operative word being now. I used to work full time and was nowhere near the level of busy that I am now. But, back then, I was one of the 18% in the survey. It was easy for me to place God on the back burner, when there were more pressing and pleasing matters to tend to. I’ve always known God was around keeping an eye on me, but I never took the time to focus on Him.
So what changed, you ask? When I made God a priority, I began to hear His voice. He moved from the backdrop of my life to center stage, allowing me to see things from His perspective. He revealed truths and blessings that I would have missed had I not taken the time to sit in His presence. Now, my heart, like David’s, hears the Lord calling me, and I look forward to what He has to say.
Satan wants our lives to be filled to the brim with busyness. The busier we are, the better. Why? Because busyness drives a wedge between our ears and our hearts, drowning out the sound of God’s voice. Satan loves it when our schedules fill us up, rather than God, to be so busy that the last thing on our mind is making time with the One who should come first.
I hear all the time that as a mother, it’s essential that you take care of yourself, taking time out of your busy schedule just for you. This is very true, and what I have found is that taking time out with the Lord is the best thing I could do to take care of myself. Removing God off the back burner, restores me and keeps me from getting burned. It’s in those quiet moments alone that I gain wisdom and discernment to handle fiery trials of life.
As Christians, we all want to hear from the Lord, but so few take the time to listen. We want to do what pleases Him, but don’t want to wait for directions. Often we talk to God in our prayers, but don’t realize that God talks back. God wants us to talk with Him, not to Him. We wonder why our country is spiritually spiraling downward, as God says in Hosea 4:6, “My people are being destroyed, because they don’t know me.” It’s lack of personal knowledge of God that hinders God’s work in our lives, affecting our country as a whole.
When life is on the move, the only way to keep up is to set our priorities in their proper place. When God is our top priority, everything else will fall into place. Has your heart heard the Lord calling you lately to come talk with Him? If not, perhaps your priorities need repositioning!