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How We Rob Ourselves by Skipping Time With God

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A few weeks ago I shared about making your quiet time meaningful. I touched on the ways we can totally miss God if we get too wrapped up in meeting Him on our terms.

But what happens when we skip out on meeting Him during the day? What if that one day becomes one week? Then one month? What sort of effect does this have on our lives and our relationship with God? More than you might think.

Time with God

Often, we don’t realize the toll it takes on us when we miss meeting with God consistently. The effects are slow and usually unseen at first. Until one day we wonder why we feel so disconnected from God. We wonder why we haven’t heard from Him or it seems like He’s just not near.

What are some reasons excuses we miss meeting with God? I’ll share a few of my own.

  • I don’t know what to read in the Bible. I know. Isn’t that lame? But it’s so common.
  • I don’t know what to pray. Or–I have so much to pray about I don’t know where to begin.
  • I don’t know what to do. Should I worship? Should I pray? Should I read? Should I just sit there? I think too much.
  • I don’t know what to say. Sometimes I just don’t know what to say to God–I feel like I’m always saying the same things.

I won’t even use the excuse that I don’t have time, because I do.

Look at the ways we are robbing ourselves by missing our time with God:

  1. Rest & Renewal–as mothers, this should be a non-negotiable next to sleep {and in some cases, maybe above it}. Sleep rejuvenates our bodies. But, Jesus invites us to come to Him when we are weary and heavy-laden. Laden is translated as loaded up (literal) and overburdened with spiritual anxiety (figurative). –Strong’s Hebrew-Greek Dictionary. Meeting with God refuels us for our work and replenishes our spirits with the Bread of life. It’s rest for our soul (emotions/mind) and spirit (heart).
  2. Relationship–we cannot have a relationship with the Living God if we do not meet with Him. We can know of Him, but we won’t know Him. It’s no different than passing by people we know of in church, but never sit down with. Not all who know His name actually know Him. Another non-negotiable. Friends, Christ died to give us the gift of fellowship with God. Let’s not waste it.
  3. Transformation–Digging into the word and spending time in effective prayer is an important time for change to take place. When we quiet ourselves, our duties, our emergencies down, and lay them at the cross, we can purposely allow God to work in us, through His Word and His words. We need time to meditate on Him, His Word and believe that what He says is true–and lay down the lies we’ve been fed.

Meeting with God on a regular basis isn’t simply for ritual sake or because we ought to. Doing out of habit isn’t enough reason. Doing because it’s a rule, isn’t enough.

It’s because we need to; because we need Him.

Our souls crave Him for a reason, but sometimes we have the wrong reasons.

He’s the air we breathe and the water to our parched souls. Without Him, we suffocate and become stale and scorched.

That’s one reason why we become discouraged and drained. That’s why we feel empty and alone. That’s why we feel overwhelmed and defeated. More importantly, it’s a large reason we remain in these desert places.

Because we don’t meet with God consistently and make certain our times are effective.

If we’re only living the Christian lifestyle, we aren’t living.

We need to be encountering God on a daily basis.

Do you feel emptied and discouraged–overwhelmed and drained? What does your time alone with God look like?

 

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Comments

  1. So good! Your words today were so full of the Truth. May we never forget how much we need Him and that without Him, we can do nothing.

  2. Wow, great post, Christin.  I would add a couple of things from my struggles:  we shouldn’t do it simply out of habit- so true, but sometimes, on my low days, habit is all I have and it saves me.  I also think too much.  But yesterday the sermon centered around Peter’s redemption (3 denials, 3 questions from Jesus) in John 21.  And what struck me was that Jesus was asking Peter to tell Him that he loved Him.  Our Lord wants to hear that from us.  And sometimes, simply saying “I love you, Lord.  I do I do!” is all that is necessary.  All flows from that- listening, obeying, serving…  Love your heart in this post!!

    • Oh friend, I should have clarified. When I said we shouldn’t do it simply out of habit, I meant at all times. Yes, the habit building is important for such times as those low points you mentioned.
      But if we ONLY do it out of habit, everyday, we lose something important because we are only doing out of habit and not love. Does that make sense?

      Yes, He certainly just wants to hear “I love you” — precisely why that was such a poor excuse (not meeting with Him because I don’t know what to say). Sometimes just meeting Him there without saying anything is enough. Just show up. :)

  3. Hmmm, twice in two days – a reminder to spend quality time with my God. I’ve been overwhelmed with life, sucked into the internet, busy taking on new jobs, so behind on everything in my home, etc. I know that my life is better when I’m focused on Him. I know everything I need to get done will get done if I put Him first. But I get too caught up in myself and in my life instead of caught up in His love and His plan for me. Thank you for the reminder. I’m going to spend time with my Lord and Savior right now. No more internet today.

  4. Thanks for this post.

  5. Christen, I just stumbled upon your blog today and sure am glad I did.  Spending time with the Lord daily has become integral to who I am.  I love how you phrased everything in this post and thank you for encouraging other women/people to strive to be who the Lord wants them to be.  For me one of the defining moments in my journey with the Lord was discovering how to put together and utilize a Prayer Notebook…different than a Prayer Journal.  It has kept me focussed and on top of my game.  I made a video to share with some women who missed my talk at their Mom’s group and I thought I’d go ahead and share it, just in case it’s just the thing to help others organize their prayer life.

    gina garland

  6. This is such an awesome post. I enjoyed it so.

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