I have so much to do
“You know I love you God but my teacher just offered me extra credit if I write a 3 page paper by tomorrow night and I really need it. Yes, I know I could have said no to working that extra shift tonight but God, I really need the money. You know, Valentine’s Day is coming up, I really wanna take my girlfriend/boyfriend to a good restaurant. I know I promised I’d spend time with you but I forgot to do my laundry the other day, I really need to do it right now.
I have to spend 2 hours minimum watching Netflix with my boyfriend/girlfriend. On suday mornings, I signed up to sing at church, be in the choir, and teach a Sunday school class for the children. I have to play guitar for about 1 hour in order to get better. I need to find time to sleep still, plus I have to use the bathroom every once in a while. God, I don’t think I have time for you today, but I promise, tomorrow, I will try to at least spend 5 minutes reading the Bible.”
I guess I’ll make time for God
You have so much to do. You find it hard to make time for God. He knows how busy you are, so He knows that you just can’t do devotion right now. We all find ourselves running through life in full speed. There’s no time to just relax or “make time with God.” Have you ever thought about that sentence? You’re talking about making time for the God who actually made time. When you say “I’m going to make time for you,” that sounds like it’s asking to much to spend even a little time with Him.
“Alright God, I suppose I can fit you into my schedule around 4 but this better be quick.”
If you’re too busy
God loves you and He loves that you are doing stuff that you enjoy. But here’s the thing… if you are too busy to spend time with God, then you’re way busier than God intended you to be. If you are having trouble balancing school, work, kids, family, hobbies, etc., then you need to take the time to figure out what you can do to give more of that to God. And when you do sit down with God, don’t rush it. Sit down, relax, and let the spirit move in your life. If you’re rushing to get done so you can go to the movies with your boyfriend, then you’re going to miss God’s still small voice or even miss something He’s trying to show you.
“I spent five minutes with God today, I’d say I’m a pretty good Christian. Tomorrow I’ll try to spend ten minutes instead, then I’ll be a great Christian.”
You shouldn’t judge how Christian you are based on how many minutes you spend a day with God. Don’t worry about time.
When you do devotion, set your phone somewhere on silence, place yourself in a quiet room, and enjoy time studying Gods word. Remember, reading God’s word is a privilege, don’t treat it like an obligation.
So let this be a reminder, speaking to myself too, to just slow down, take it easy, and spend one on one time with God without rushing or worrying about what all you have to do. Let God be your focus.