Sometimes when we set out to have a quiet time with the Lord, things don’t go as planned and we’re left feeling empty. We didn’t get out of it what we thought we would.
This is a good time to evaluate what you’re doing during your quiet time. Sometimes all God asks is that we show up. So, if we’re not meeting Him there, it won’t be fulfilling.
How do we meet Him in our secret place? What elements make it meaningful?
I don’t want to minimize this by turning into a “4-step process of meeting with God”. It’s not that simple–yet it is. Let me explain.
Reducing a quiet time with Jesus to a 4 step system is not necessarily going to connect you with God. Obviously there are some things we need to take action on. But God is quite simple. Just show up. By showing up, I don’t mean to only get up early for God. You need to actually meet with Him. Don’t grab a book or hop on the computer and call that your quiet time.
Meeting with God requires that you bring your mind into submission to focus in that time with Him. So, you could have all the “right plans” to get up, get coffee, journal, and pray out–yet your heart still be far from Him. All because you didn’t bring your heart and mind into submission to focus on Him.
Did you know you could read the Bible, pray, worship and all that jazz and still be far from God? I know! It’s crazy to think about. But if we merely focus on the words we say, not the words He says, we miss Him. If we focus on all our wants and not His desires, we miss Him. If we focus on all the things we’re doing and not what He did, we completely miss Him.
It’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s about Him.
He has created us all unique and sometimes this plays a factor into how we connect with Him. For some it’s done best through song. For others, they connect with Him through writing or painting or running. But these are merely tools, and not required to meet with God. Take all these away and God still remains.
The question is – will you continue seeking Him without the comforts of your gifts? You must know what it means to connect with God. And at times that requires laying everything aside and it just being you and Him.
So, if your goal is to always meet with Him on your terms, you’re going to have some rare, less than meaningful times with Jesus.
When we miss our “planned/scheduled” time with Him in the morning, do we just leave it at that? Or do we rearrange our agenda to make up that missed time?
If this scenario happens consistently, and we consistently miss time with Jesus and are rarely filled to full, it’s harder to come to Jesus when we’re emptied. Often, that emptiness fills up with shame. The goal is to not allow yourself to become that empty.
So, how do you make your quiet time meaningful?
By submitting your mind and emotions to Him every time you meet with Him..
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