In my attempts to grow closer to God, I can get caught up in the details and miss the big picture. Is this something you can relate to as well? See, I know the Word is truth and the best thing I can fill my head and heart with. I know that God's voice is heard through this incredible book and that what He tells me is good. The Bible is comforting, encouraging, challenging--it gives me knowledge, peace, joy and wisdom.
I also know that praying is one of the sweetest means of communicating with my heavenly Father. Whether I desire wisdom in a situation, or I need guidance, or I am thankful and full of praise, prayer is the answer.
So, I dig deeper in the Word and go to God in prayer because I want to grow...but, here's where I start to muddle it all up. Reading the Bible and praying doesn't come naturally to me. I would sooner sleep in and do things my own way than seek someone else's guidance, even Someone who knows the answer to everything. In fighting this knowledge of myself, I often do these important duties grudgingly. Or, during the times I do delight in setting myself aside and enjoy my personal time with God, then I start burdening my load. Suddenly, I determine that I should be reading more or praying longer. I set demands upon myself and place guilt where I've fallen short of my self-imposed standards.
Recently, during a quiet time with God, I started down this familiar path again. But, I sensed in the silence that God wanted me to earnestly enjoy my time in His presence. Stop placing judgments upon myself, stop setting goals that weren't even necessarily biblical, stop with the guilt trips already!
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
Psalm 46: 10
What a relief! In growing closer to God, in depending upon Him, in knowing Him more and more, we can just enjoy Him! Take those guilty thoughts captive. Enjoy Him and spend some beautiful time in His presence. I've been telling myself this truth over and over again; it's very freeing. I hope that you will be encouraged today to open your Bible, spend time in prayer and truly enjoy the presence of God too.