Spending Time with God
It’s that time of year again where advertisements, store merchandise, and chit chat conversation all point to New Year’s resolutions. What might it be? Learn a new hobby, save money, eat healthier, exercise. These are common resolutions that surface each year.
This past week I had lunch with a close friend. She is a good listener and gives very good advice. One thing that I asked myself as I left my lunch date was this: What if my New Years’ resolution was committing to spending more time with God? Matthew 14:23 says, “After dismissing the crowds, he went up to the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening, he was there alone.” We strive to model our lives after the life of Jesus. He set the perfect example for believers, and one of the things we read about Jesus doing often was setting aside time to pray and commune with the Father. As you look to set goals in the new year, consider spending more time with God. Ask God to show you how you can make more time for Him. This may look different for each person. Perhaps you may consider getting into the habit of reading a Bible story with your child each night when you say goodnight. You could decide to set your alarm 20 minutes earlier to spend some extra time in prayer and meditation. Maybe you could download an app on your phone that helps you read through the Bible day by day. How about choosing to listen to worship music while driving to work or making dinner?
This time with God will give you rest, peace, hope, and wisdom. Making this a habit is what God wants for all of us. As parents, it also sets a good role model for our children. God's resolution was made before the beginning of time and His resolve is good FOREVER. God has resolved to never leave you or forsake you. When we have God, we have all we need.