I never liked schedules. I always felt I was too random and too creative to be subject to something so stringent and boring. However, I have come to discover that schedules can be helpful especially when it comes to prioritizing and making sure that things…life…is in order. With so many things in our day to day life demanding our attention it can be hard to decipher which things to give priority to.
For me that does not mean have a list that dictates what I will be doing every minute of every day but at the very least it means knowing and doing and accomplishing those things that are absolutely necessary for the day.
Many of us say that we love God but where does He fit in on our “busy” schedules? Do you squeeze in a chapter of the Bible a day and maybe a minute or two of prayer in the morning and/or at night? If God is truly a priority then our daily schedule should reflect that. Our relationship with God is too important to be pushed to the side and neglected.
Humans need to eat to survive. We make sure that we eat everyday. Eating is a priority. A Christian needs God more than food. God should mean more to us than anything. If we can make the time to eat, usually more than one time during the day then how much more should we make time for God? Locate yourself. When you wake up in the morning what is the first thing that comes to mind? That is your first priority. Examine your day – if you spend the more time watching television or on facebook and/or (whatever is not work or family related) than you do with God – you have placed those things higher up on your list of priorities than God.
Proverbs 3:9, “Honor the Lord with your substance, and with the firstfruits of all your increase.” (KJV) Is God receiving the first fruit of your time? Every night you go to sleep and wake up the next morning you have been gifted with a new day. That new day is an increase in life from God. Too many of us Christians are giving God our leftovers instead of our first fruit when it comes to our time.
David understood what it meant to make God a priority. Psalm 63:1 “O God, you are my God: early, will I seek you: my soul thirsts for you, my flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.” David was a busy man yet he found time to commune with God so much so that much of the book of Psalms is a result of that special relationship he had with God. David had to tend sheep, there were times he was on the run for his life and in his later years he ruled a wealthy kingdom and yet He made time for God. In another one of his psalms David says “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray and cry out loud: and He shall hear my voice.” (Psalm 55:17) David was constantly making time for God throughout the day. God was clearly a priority.
What is the first thing you do in the morning? Is it spending time with God? Is God first on your list of priorities?
Have you set apart a special time in your day to spend with God but then excluded Him from the rest of your day? Or is He truly apart of everything you do?
If we were honest with ourselves we would admit that we have been slack concerning our relationship with God. We might find that we haven’t been giving Him the first part of our day or that we don’t include Him in the rest of our day if we do give Him that first part.
God so longs to be with us and to know each one of us intimately. Balance is important to our God. Give God your first fruits and watch Him open doors for you so that you are able to spend more time with Him. He will guide you into all truth with His Holy Spirit. He has the answers to those problems that arise during the course of your day. He will instruct you on how to be a good husband or wife, a good father or mother, a man of valor or a woman of virtue.In the light of God’s presence we will realize those things that are most important in life and in our day and we will be able to “schedule” them accordingly. God will give you the peace and balance that we all are so in need of.
So if you’re like me and you don’t do well with schedules or even if you live your life by schedules make sure that you at least have one thing scheduled daily that you don’t neglect and that is time with the Creator of all.