In those first five lessons, I was reading the bible a lot—looking at, easily, 40-50 verse references per lesson mulling them over and understanding them in a new light. I was back in my bible again and thriving on the wonderful new connections I was making with God’s word. I’ve already admitted some time ago (more than once) that I haven’t been reading the bible and praying like I know I should be. It was beginning to feel empty and flat so my personal quiet time with the Lord waned a bit. I increasingly became distracted by life—I always seemed to be rushing somewhere or needing to do something and couldn’t get it off my mind until it was done. Before I knew it, my personal, intimate time with God in his word and in prayer fell to the bottom of my priority list.
I’m not talking about the weekly worship, Sunday school class, or bible study you attend or the prayer or praise time you have while you driving to your next destination or waiting in line at the grocery store. I’m talking about the time you take out of your day to read God’s word asking him to speak his will to you or using his word to praise and worship him, or in repentance seeking his grace and assurance. And when you shut out everyone and everything else to listen for his voice, to intercede for those he has put on your heart, and rest in his presence. This is what has been missing from my daily routine for way too long.
What did God teach me last week? God taught me that breakfast isn’t the most important meal of the day—feasting on his word is. And that 30 minutes of exercise I’m supposed to get three times a week—it will never compare to the 30 minutes I spend in the morning in the word and in prayer being strengthen and molded by my God.