The Importance of Spending Time with God. God created human beings to worship Him and fulfill His will. But as sin stepped into the world, men wandered outside of the will of God, not knowing that our primary goal is to be with the Lord, at His feet, and worship His name. However, from the beginning, whoever spent his or her time with God, He used them in a mighty way.
- Enoch, who remained righteous, was taken up into heaven for a future special purpose.
- Abraham, who left his house and went on the unknown journey, is still called “The Father of Faith” to this date.
- Joseph was sold by his own brothers, but God used him and made him the Governor of Egypt.
- Moses, who was a stuttered, yet still, God brought His people out of Egypt through him.
- David was a shepherd boy but became the King of Israel.
There are many people in the Bible who been with God, who tried to fulfill His will, who were used by God and have become examples for us today. There are thousands of testimonies of great men and women of God in the world who testifies that there is a power that flows through us when we spend time with God.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.”(Isaiah 40:31)
God is the ultimate source of everything that we need in our daily life. David never fought a battle without asking God if he should fight or reconcile with the other king. It is because he knew if God said,‘Yes for battle’, then he will win by the help of God. If God said, “No to battle”, then there would surely be dire consequences for going against the advice of the Lord. He never depended on his army or chariots. His strength and victory came from God. David says “Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. Some trust in Chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”(Psalm 20:7-9).
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We cannot trust God if we do not know Him in His fullness. David knew how powerful God is and therefore he trusted God. The problem today is that many Christians do not know God, His power, and how compassionate and loving He is, so they fail to trust God. Spending time with God can reveal His glory, His power, and what He can do for His children. God strengthened David to get victory over kings. Today, God wants to strengthen His children to overcome every addiction or emotional battle that His children are going through. We need His strength and He is ready to give it.
“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace… (Romans 14:19)
How are we going to make every effort to keep peace in our family, in our church, in our relations, if we do not have peace in our hearts? Peace is the Fruit of the Spirit and it can only be grown by having a good relationship with the Holy Spirit.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27). Jesus is the Prince of peace and He does not want us to be troubled, but He wants to fill our lives with His peace, only if we have time for Him.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)
Everyone needs wisdom for ministry, studies, business deals, and so on. Even when I am writing this blog, I am praying to God for wisdom. Godly wisdom is very essential, He says ask and I will give it unto you. Our God is such a generous God and He never judges us. He loves when we trust and go near Him.
“The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.”(Psalm 25:14). He wants to share His Secrets, future plans as He did with Abraham before He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. God can do this even today if we have time to listen to Him.
The reading of the Bible can help us to get more wisdom and understanding because His words are a lamp to our feet and a light for our path. (Psalm 119:105).
♦ Becoming like Him
“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1)
As children of God, our first goal is to be more like Christ and live a holy life as Jesus lived. It’s impossible to live a righteous life without the help of the Holy Spirit. Jesus would go on the mountains to pray and worship His father. He set an example of private time with God and showed how important it is to disconnect from the world and connect to God.
Jesus wants to fill us by His heavenly characteristics and the world is ready to fill us by its wickedness. Now it depends on us to decide what we are going to be. Jesus was praying, fasting, and having a strong relationship with His Father, therefore He was like His Father and so passionate to fulfill His Father’s purpose. In order to be like Christ, it is crucial to spend time with God.
♦ Faith becomes strong
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. (Romans 10:17)
When Peter was walking on the water, he was focused on Jesus, but then he started to drown when he focused on the winds and the waves. Only Jesus can build up our faith. We can go through anything if we decide to focus on Jesus. We never want Him to call us “you of little faith”. Listening to His word and listening to people’s testimony can boost our faith. It’s always good to be with God and have fellowship with the people who love God.
♦ Get to know Him and His voice
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27)
It’s very crucial to know God’s voice in this world with so much noise around us. God’s voice can help us to make the right decisions, to pursue His will, and His voice can save us. We can learn to hear His voice if we sit in His presence and He still speaks if our ears are open to Him. A lot of people cannot hear His voice because they have too much noise around them, therefore, it becomes difficult to listen to Him. Who wants to talk with you if you are not attentive or a good listener? Alone time with God literally means God is more important than the world and it opens our ears to God.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
In the end, I can only say, we can do nothing without abiding in God. We are the branches; the branches without the vine will wither and will not serve any purpose. If we are connected to Jesus, then we can succeed in everything. We can make plans but only God can give success and blessings. So let’s draw near to Him and He will draw near to us. Jesus is so essential and should be the first priority in our lives.