Today’s Tasting: 1 Kings 9; 2 Chronicles 8
Today’s selections are both about Solomon. After he builds the temple, the Lord tells him that his family will continue to rule Israel; however, he and his descendents must continue to worship the Lord as David did. If they do not, the temple will be destroyed and other nations will know that it was because they did not follow their God who had saved them and brought them out of Egypt. Today’s passages also describe Solomon’s other building projects during his reign, as well as how he continued to worship the Lord as his father David had done.
It sounds so simple. Go to church, pray, read your Bible…just follow the Lord and worship Him. Then you are busy, so you don’t make it to church… You are too tired, so you fall asleep before you spend time with your Bible and God like you had planned to do…. Maybe tomorrow.
Before long, God has only a very tiny place in your life, despite your best intentions. If someone asks you, of course you would say that you are a Christian. Your life does not reflect that though.
I have had this happen to me as well. It has been especially difficult to maintain the habits that I know I should have while having young children. If I waited until I wasn’t tired, well, that would never happen. I try to find a quiet time to read my Bible, but there is no quiet time in my house. If I get up early, so do the kids. The kids seem to sleep the worst on Saturday nights, so getting up for the early church service is never easy.
Some days, my Bible reading is done from the kid’s version, but at least I am spending time reading God’s word. Life is so busy for most of us–often due to the blessings God has provided for us–that it can be a struggle to fit in time to spend with God. It is so important to continue to do our best to make time in our lives for God though.
What strategies have you used when you were struggling with finding time for prayer and spending time with God?
Tomorrow’s Delight: Proverbs 25-26
Tammy Bradley says
It is such a vital part of our walk and our day. I struggle too sometimes just like you said Kaitlyn with grand kids or customers who call my cell. It’s just about making time for Him I have stayed up later and got it in that way. He’s so good and so faithful and truly desires for us to come sit at His feet and give it all to Him!
Carolyn Marlowe says
Kaitlyn, I have cried out, “Jesus, I seek You!” He is enough. Thanks for this devotional today. I am repeatedly reminded of how complex we make our Christian lives, Jesus came to give us peace.