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Do You Have 30 Minutes for God?

“I don’t have time.”

“I’m too busy.”

At one time, these were my mantras whenever somebody would speak to me about investing time each day to read my Bible and go to God in prayer.  One day, it hit me. Am I really too busy for God? Can I not find 15 to 30 minutes for Him during my supposedly “too busy” day?

Here’s how I spent my time: I set a morning alarm that went off just in time to allow me a quick shower, wake the kids, skip breakfast and rush to work. After working all day I dodged traffic, talked a little bit with my wife, ate dinner, sometimes helped the kids with homework, watched TV, set my alarm and went to bed. All to repeat itself day after day, week after week. Nope, I clearly had no time for God. Or so I thought.

To be honest, I do not recall the exact circumstances under which God convicted me of my misuse of the time He gives me each day – but He did. So one night I set my alarm to wake me 15 minutes earlier than usual, and with that extra 15 minutes I would get up before anybody else and begin reading my Bible. The rule was no Facebook, no Twitter, no email and no news until I had completed my daily reading.

Studying Jeremiah

Travel Bible study. Taken 9.15.2013, Chicago, IL

You know what? It didn’t take long for God to bless that investment of 15 minutes each morning. He blessed it by connecting me more closely with Him. I approached my day with a different attitude than I had before. And if, for some reason, I missed my morning Scripture time I felt it throughout the day.

You see, God created us to be in relationship with Him; Not just for one hour each Sunday morning, but always. He reveals Himself and He speaks to us through His Word, the Bible. The Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, is rich with words to us from God Himself. If we never open our Bible, if we never read His Word, we deny ourselves access to the deep relationship God wants with each of us.

Over the last two years I have read through the Bible in its entirety twice. I am more in tune with who God is and how I am to relate to Him than ever before. Through my (almost) daily Bible reading, God has given me a filter through which I can discern truth from fiction, sound teaching from false teaching. I believe I am a better husband, a better father, a better employee, a better boss, and a better friend. No, I’m not perfect – not even close. But God has used my daily investment of time to sanctify my life and help me become closer to the man that He wants me to be.

My daily time with God has grown to 30, sometimes 45 minutes. You know how time seems to fly when you’re engaged in conversation with your best friend? That investment of time is no longer a burden. On the contrary, I cannot imagine my day without Him.

Through technology, God has given us a wonderful tool to aid in our reading and study. I use The Bible App on my Kindle Fire and on my iPhone. The app offers access to Scripture in a variety of versions. It offers a plethora of Bible reading plans of various lengths. Even when traveling on business, I have God’s Word available to me in an easy and convenient format. It is through this app that I have read the entire Bible twice in two years time, and through it I have embarked on my third journey through Scripture in 2016.

“I’m too busy.” No, you’re not.

“I don’t have time.” Yes, you do.

Don’t let the devil keep you from your Lord. Today is the day; why not begin today?

It All Starts Here

It hit me like a ton of bricks as I read my Bible this morning. This passage beautifully states the foundation of all that I know to be true:

Before the mountains were born or You gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. ~ Psalms 90:2

This reality puts my life into proper context, even as my heart breaks for this lost world. You see, man seeks to understand the foundation and purpose of our existence, and in doing so has concocted many theories and false gods to try and explain the basics of who we are and why we’re here. Since man’s reasoning is not perfect, man cannot discern the truth on his own, so we adopt beliefs with no true foundation, even going so far as to say that what is true for you is true and what is true for me is true, even if those so-called truths conflict. What a sad state of affairs!

We cannot come to an understanding of our purpose for existence until we understand who God is. God is the sovereign creator of all things – including man. He is not made; He was not born; He was not created. God is not constrained by time; He is eternal. He is holy. He is just. God is God. How do I know this is true? God says so, in His Word. Yes, it’s that simple.

What freedom this knowledge gives! I serve the Creator of all things, the sovereign God Almighty! Praise His Holy name! Standing upon this foundational truth, I go back into His Word and learn about His amazing love for each and every one of us. God’s Word, from Genesis to Revelation, points to one Person: Jesus Christ.

Has it been awhile since you’ve read your Bible? Open it today. God is waiting patiently to reveal Himself to you.

What Do I Value? ~ Acts 10:1-8

He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. ~ Acts 10:2

English: Minnesota state photograph "Grac...

English: Minnesota state photograph “Grace” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Describing a very “devout and God fearing” man named Cornelius, this passage offers a very succinct definition of what “devout and God fearing” means: “he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.” (10:2). This pleased God so much that Cornelius’ prayers and gifts “have come up as a memorial offering before God” (10:4) according to the angel that appeared to Cornelius.

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Perhaps it does upon the first read, but as I examine my life I realize that, based upon this standard for “devout and God fearing”, I have a lot of growing to do. American society values things and possessions. Our society measures us to a great extent by how much we have, what car we drive, and where we live. To be completely honest, I am a microcosm of American society; I am a consumer of things. I spend most of the money I earn. Based upon my ratio of spending versus giving, I do not give generously; I give a pittance. God has blessed me with much, and I realize that I do not honor Him with those blessings. My prayer is not regular either; it is sporadic and brief. God forgive me and reform me.

Although the passage does not state so, I bet Cornelius’ generosity and prayer life were noticed by those around him and served as a witness to his faith – I say so because God took notice and honored Cornelius for it. Make no mistake: we do not give and we do not pray to elevate ourselves before man; we give and we pray because we know that it pleases the God who loved us so much that He died to pay the penalty for our sins. I’ve got some growing to do. Time to get to work.

Ponder this: What do people see when they see me? Do they see one who is devout and God fearing, or do they see just one of many? More importantly, what does God see when He sees me? Is He pleased or is He saddened?

My prayer for today: Father, give me the wisdom and the wherewithal to be more generous with what I have while meeting the financial obligations I need to meet. Guide and direct my footsteps and grant me the wisdom to lead a devout and God fearing lifestyle – not so that I may be honored, Lord, but so that You would be glorified. In Jesus’ name – AMEN.

Whom Do I Serve?

Devotion on Acts 1:1-11

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Jesus’ words recorded in Acts 1:8.

These are the last recorded words of our Lord before he was taken up to heaven. They are powerful words that reveal God’s ultimate plan for the Messiah to save all the peoples of the world “to the ends of the earth.”

Prior to His final statement, Jesus said something else: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:4b-5. We live in a society that wants everything “now”. We are impatient and demanding. God often tells us to wait – wait for His timing, His purpose, His place, His blessing. When we trust God by obeying His command to wait, we are reminded that His timing and purpose are perfect and we, as a willing vessel, are an important part of His plan.

By now the disciples surely realize that Jesus’ ministry had not ended with His death on the cross. It was really just beginning, and they were chosen to be His first ambassadors to a post-resurrection world. The ambassadorship that started with Jesus’ disciples continues today with each of us. We all have a place in this world – a place in which we interact daily with people who need the hope that only faith in the Lord can provide.

Ponder this: What kind of ambassador am I? Whom do I represent? When people encounter me, do they see Jesus?

My prayer for today: Heavenly Father, Thank you for the privilege of serving You. Keep me ever mindful of my attitude and approach to those around me, that I may be an ambassador that truly glorifies You. Should I be provided the opportunity to share my faith, give me the words that point directly to you. In Jesus’ name – AMEN.

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