Each year, right after the first of January, I tend to think about the things that I would like to accomplish during the calendar year. It kind of gives me time to reset my objectives and although I would fall short of calling them resolutions, I do reflect on things that I miss and want to get back to.
This January, I can’t help but feel that I really want to grow my relationship with God again this year. When I was in seminary it was much easier to stay connected to God. Sure, I studied the Bible and got immersed in studying the Trinity, but there was a relational aspect to school that is hard to emulate in the secular world. When you are surrounded by God centered people, whether in ministry or in seminary, it is normal that you work on your relationship with the Father.
But when you are out in the secular world and get somewhat disconnected from the habits and rituals of school, it is very important that disciple win out in order to stay closely connected to God. The things of the world can provide a very strong draw to move out in your own power and not be concerned about being in the will of God. To some degree, I feel like my own personal devotional time has been slipping a little this past year and it’s time to get back in the groove.
I do want you to know that I miss my studies and the prospect of spending several hours a day studying the theology and original languages, especially Greek, is something that is of great interest to me. I think I even worry about losing some of the knowledge I had when I was in the Word every day. The normal distractions of work and day to day life make it more difficult each year to focus on increasing my knowledge of God and, more importantly, growing my relationship with Him.
So this year, I am once again looking forward to deeper study. The challenge will be to find the time, but in all honesty, it is a priority for me so something else will have to give. The verse for this evening is from the psalmist who tells us, in Psalm 77:12, “I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.” My encouragement this evening is that God wants to have a deeper relationship with each of us and that means that we have to spend the time investing in our time with God. My prayer is that you will also desire to spend more time in meditation and prayer, getting into a closer relationship with Creator. Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…