I love spending time with God. Everything in my world seems much better when He is near. Equipped with His peace; we can endure any hardship with unexplainable joy. The closer we get to Him, the sweeter life becomes.
Here is the most perplexing part – we seem to be controllers of this part of the relationship. When we want to distance ourselves from God in rebellion, He allows us to leave. Although He may still discipline us during these strained seasons, He waits for us to open our hearts to Him.
Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son illustrates this principle perfectly. The father in this story waited longingly for his wayward son. How much more does our Heavenly Father wait for us to come home? The more we open our heart, the deeper our relationship with God becomes. Coming home needs to be a daily priority.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
We also need to consider what is hindering our efforts to open our hearts to the Lord. We hate when we sin; however, the blood of Christ provides continual cleansing from this horrible condition. Being unwilling to forgive others, pride, selfishness, and the busyness of life all seem to impede our relationship with God. Fortunately, our Lord has designed a much better plan.
He willingly takes care of all our troubles if we are walking in step with Him. He can provide finances, healing, time and joy by His infinite power. The only requirement is that we live His way, which is far superior to anything we can possible imagine. This is what following the Lord means.
When he came to his senses, he said, “How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!” (Lude 15:17)
Why do we wait until we reach a critical point? This is folly of the sinful mind. Do we need to run out of gas before we look for a station? Instead, let us make our relationship with God our highest priority. Come and experience the magnificent wonder that time with our Savior brings.