Ever wonder why you’re always feeling frazzled, tired, worried? Esther Kuku states that maybe it’s because you’re not spending enough time in God’s presence, and shares why it’s important to spend time with the Lord
Some people have been saved 20 years, attended all the conferences, and bought all the books, yet still they live unfulfilled lives and don’t even know how to be nice to people. Why? Because we will always feel like our lives are lacking something, if we don’t learn to put God first.
The things that we invest our time and money in are an indication of where our priorities lie. I think when you’ve been saved a while, it’s important to do a priorities audit. I always notice that when my world feels like it’s all about to come crashing down, there is a direct correlation between all that is happening in the flesh and what isn’t happening in the spirit.
I remember when I was planning my wedding last year, lunch hours at work were filled with researching dresses; going from one reception venue to the next, only to be told there is no room at the inn; frequently rushing out of the house in the morning and forgetting to pray. Come on, we’ve all been there. God wants us to make Him our number one priority, because He knows the desires of our heart. He knows that we want to see change and transformation in our lives. And, crucially, He knows that spending time with Him will change us.
How can we be saved 20 years and run to the phone when we have a problem, rather than hit our knees and bow before His throne? I feel so strongly that in my life I need to get back to basics – we all do. We need to prioritise and set aside quiet time with God, so we can cultivate our relationship with Him. It sounds so simple, but many of us allow the devil to whisper in our ears that ‘we don’t have time’ and that ‘God will understand if we put Him second’. But let’s remind ourselves of what the Word of God says in Matthew 6:33, ‘…but seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’ Prior to that, Jesus is telling us not to worry. Don’t worry about clothes, what you will eat or drink. Don’t worry about life. Is worrying going to add a single hour to our lives? What an amazing piece of counsel. Yet worrying is the one thing that a lot of us do – often.
“We have to put God’s will and His Word first in our lives, and allow Him to ‘sweat the small stuff’.”
We have to put God’s will and His Word first in our lives, and allow Him to ‘sweat the small stuff’. And, really, it is small stuff. The job you need, the healing, the wayward child, the spouse. In His presence is fullness of joy; if you spend time with Him, you will radiate peace and joy. Anyone that is in Christ and miserable all the time isn’t spending enough time in His presence. Sorry.
Nothing will work in our lives, if we don’t spend time with Him. He is our hiding place. I love the Amplified version of Psalm 91:1, which says: ‘He, who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].’
What an awesome promise! When we hide ourselves in Him, no plan of the enemy can overpower us, and we have the strength and capacity to live victorious lives.
If we struggle with mood swings, where one day we’re up and the next day we’re down, as we abide in Him and His Word abides in us, we become stable and fixed. If you are all over the place emotionally, the cure is time in His presence.
Isaiah 40:31 says: ‘But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.’
If you are constantly exhausted, the answer is to wait on Him in His presence. Putting God first will make you strong; it will make you soar like an eagle; it will bring you joy and pleasures forevermore. It will help us to be nice to people – when we don’t always feel like it…. His Word says: ‘If you abide in Me and my words abide in you, then you shall ask what you will, and it will be given’ (John 15:7).
Can we get all that from a phone call with a girlfriend? Or from a brother, if you’re a man reading this? No, we can’t. I pray that each and every one of us takes time out to be honest with God about our relationship with Him. If we really want to, we can find half an hour in our day to give Him our undivided attention. Then all that is left for us to do is to rest, as He changes our hearts for His glory in the process.
Esther Kuku presents Premier Gospel’s Family Hour at 11am -12noon every Saturday morning. Go to www.premiergospel.org.uk for more details.
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