MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.
Come closer, and listen to this . . . “I am the Lord your God.
Isaiah 48: 16, 17 (NLT)
Who in their right minds would turn down an invitation from God to come closer? The initial call was to people who had previously listened and had become negligent toward His plan for their lives. (Isaiah 48:12-19) He was offering another chance to huddle with Him and listen again. Do we also need another chance?
We know from experience that His love and forgiveness impact us most powerfully in His presence. Besides, His call is not only for us to repent from our rebellion; He also wants to empower us “for my own sake and for the honor of my name.” (Isaiah 48:9) He benefits as much as we do from the quality time we spend with Him.
Our benefit is that as we hear from Him in prayer, in Bible meditation, in sermons and spiritual songs, His character traits rub off on us: He is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry, filled with unfailing love, good to everyone, always keeps his promises, gracious in all he does, lifts those who bend beneath their loads, righteous in everything he does, filled with kindness. (Psalm 145: 8 -17)
His benefit is that when we demonstrate these attributes, the world gets to see Him in us —not only in the worship service, but also in our everyday display of attitudes, speech and performances which result from our quality time with Him. No matter where we are, no matter the event, we can demonstrate the virtues which we absorb in our vine-branch closeness with Him. (John 15: 5)
Let us practice to sense God’s presence at our desk in the office, at the busy traffic intersection while we wait, despite the texts we read on our iPhones. As often as possible, let’s get closer for quality time with Him, and mature into the vessels He designed us to be for His purpose. The benefit is a win-win improvement for us and for His kingdom.
Prayer: We love you Lord, and enjoy the quality time we spend in Your presence. You remain our refuge and strength, our calm in life storms, and we thank You in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ten Benefits of Quality Time With God
"It is your eternal relationship with God that brings you blessing, not your personality or ability.” ―Pastor Rod W. Larkins
“An ever-growing, ever-constant relationship with God makes us certain of what we believe and enables us to run with endurance.” ―Katy Kauffman
“I came to think of God as more of a gracious friend who was accompanying me on this journey, a friend who wanted to carry my burdens and speak into my life and shape me into who I really was and who I would become.” ―Joanna Gaines
"The fruit of abiding with Christ is one that does not always grow quickly, but it does grow. And it is worth it." ―Jen Herrmann
"I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me." ―William Nicholson
"The time you spend alone with God will transform your character and increase your devotion. Then your integrity and godly behavior in an unbelieving world will make others long to know the Lord." ―Charles Stanley
“Real joy comes when we get the right desire met - the desire for God himself, for a life led by the Spirit, fulfilling not our material desires but our deepest need, which is to be in a close relationship with our Creator." ―Michael W. Smith
“Such is my relationship with God: on my gigantic canvass of life, I am the one throwing all of the brightly-colored paints . . . God is the one with the paintbrush who stands beside my canvass filling all the intricate and amazing details. . . We're happy together!” ―C. JoyBell C.
"When someone’s primary love language is quality time, uninterrupted times of communion with God are . . . burden lifting." ―Gary Chapman
"Prayer is the strength of the Christian. When alone, he is not alone; he feels the presence of the One who said, 'Lo, I am with you alway.'"―Ellen White
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