I am amazed that the God of the universe wants to spend time with us. He longs to bless us, love us, and give us his peace. He is such a loving Father that he turns his face toward us with love in his eyes. He yearns to have a personal relationship with us.
Perrysburg Campus Pastor Josh Whitlow spoke on Numbers 6:24-26 during the weekend services.
Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)
24 “The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
Today, I will focus on the importance of spending time with Jesus every day. It is how we build a relationship with him. I have personally been changed through my daily quiet time with Jesus. I pray, meditate on verses, study his Word, repent, praise him, and thank him. During this time, I know that Jesus is changing me. He is giving me the ability to love others and filling me with his joy and peace. I have learned I can get through anything with him by my side. Conversely, on the days I don’t spend time with him, I’m a “hot mess” and a little crazy!
Josh stressed that attending a weekend service is not enough to build a relationship with God. If you want to experience his peace and love, you have to engage with him daily. I am sure some of you are wondering, “How will I find the time?”
I suggest you pick a time of day when you are focused and find a cozy, quiet, and peaceful place. Light a candle and have your favorite cup of coffee or tea nearby. Take a few relaxing deep breaths to quiet yourself. Say a prayer, read the Bible, journal, listen to worship music, or read the LivingItOut.
Start with 5 or 10 minutes. I think you’ll find that pretty soon, you will want to spend more time in his presence. You may find yourself taking a quick walk or grabbing lunch and praying. Or, maybe you will have index cards with verses posted around your home, in your purse, or at the office. You will crave this special time with Jesus more than you crave your morning cup of coffee. I challenge you to try it. You will be amazed and deeply grateful you spent time with our Savior.
Are you regularly spending time with God? If so, how? How has your quiet time brought you peace?
If not, what’s holding you back?
Plan a time to spend with Jesus every day. Choose a chapter in the Bible and read a few verses each day. Meditate on it. Pray about it. Ask God to teach you what he wants you to learn. Journal about what he is teaching you.
Dear Lord, I am overwhelmed with gratitude that you, the God of the universe, wants a personal relationship with me. You long for me to spend time with you, and you want what is best for me. I am your beloved child. Help me to always make you my top priority. Help me to love others as you have loved me. Change me, Lord. Amen.
This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.
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