My friend Sarah sent me an email yesterday that stayed with me. She passed along some insight from a book she has been reading and it truly convicted me. I have struggled to spend time with Christ daily, for well, my entire life. Like most believers I go through spells where I am hungry for His Word and read it faithfully, other times where I am lackadaiscal in my spritual pursuits, and other times where I downright refuse. Mostly, though, I think it's always that limbo of finding time and keeping the committment to do it (the ultimate duel between duty and desire). For the last three years more specifically I have probably read some of the least in my life and rather sought the freedom that comes in "worship as a lifestyle." There is great truth in this statement and I believe Bibically there is great support: our spiritual life is not a list of do's and don'ts. We should be able to enjoy so many avenues of life that God has given us and worship *Him* in those moments: time with friends and family, being outdoors in His marvelous creation, and spending time doing things we love, be it cooking, playing music, writing, reading, painting, etc. Yet, we also need to be spending time reading His Word and praying. Perhaps you can relate?
So, back to my friend Sarah. She sent this excerpt to me:
"We are blessed if we delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on it daily. Is your delight in God's Word? Do you read the Bible daily? That means every day without fail. Each of us should say to ourselves, "No Bible, no breakfast. No read, no feed." Be like Job, who "treasured the words of his mouth more than [his] necessary food" (Job 23:12, emphasis added). The key is to put your Bible before your belly - to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness." (p. 37)."
May it begin anew for me today.