Many godly people will say to us, “You must have a daily quiet time. You must practice spiritual disciplines.” This is true, but so many of us add this to our to-do list and either don’t manage to fit it into our busy schedules and feel guilty about it, or we do it but only so we can check it off and feel good about ourselves.
The truth is that God is wonderful and He wants us to enjoy Him! The thought overwhelms me. He desires to have a relationship with us that is beyond anything we can imagine. We, the Church, are the Bride of Christ. Can you imagine dreading or being bored by time spent with your fiance? My husband and I had a long-distance courtship and when we were apart the longing we had for each other could not be satisfied.
Unlike human relationships, while we await our Bridegroom’s return we have His presence with us through the Holy Spirit, who lives in us. One of the most important things He does is to grow our love for Jesus, so don’t add a daily quiet time to your list. Instead, every day ask God to fill your heart with delight in Him. He will draw you into sweet fellowship with Him through His Spirit. You will grow to hunger for time spent with Him in prayer and Bible study because you will want to be with Him and receive all the blessings He has to give you. John Piper says that “God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in Him.” It’s a wild thought, but I believe it is true.
Enjoy this song In the Secret of His Presence, sung by Sandra McCracken.
5 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
your judgments are like the great deep;
man and beast you save, O Lord.
7 How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9 For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light.
10 Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your righteousness to the upright of heart!