“Listen to Me continually. I have so much to communicate to you, so many people and situations in need of prayer. I am training you to set your mind on Me more and more, tuning out distractions through the help of my Spirit. Walk with Me in holy trust, responding to my initiatives rather than trying to make things fit your plans. I died to set you free, and that includes freedom from compulsive planning. When your mind spins with a multitude of thoughts, you cannot hear My voice. A mind preoccupied with planning pays homage to the idol of control. Turn from this idolatry back to Me. Listen to Me and live abundantly” (Jesus Calling).
That’s the story of my life. Over and over again. My days seem to be interrupted constantly by distractions. Texts and phone calls about the day ahead of me, dogs needing to be walked, that sink full of dirty dishes staring me down. Yeah, I see you dishes. I wake up in the morning and with the blink of an eye my mind swarms with things that need to get done today. I start to prioritize and make a game plan, and before my feet even hit the ground, I have convinced myself to start on that list immediately. If I just get all of this stuff done first, THEN I’ll have all afternoon for quiet time, and I really mean it this time!
I know myself better than that. I have proven over and over again that if I don’t make space first thing in the morning for quiet time, I never do it. I’ll jump right into my day and start knocking things off my lists, feeling pretty good about myself, but my lists are never-ending. With the way I make lists, they will last me two months before I even come up for a breath. Every day I choose my lists over quiet time with the Lord, I regret it. I find myself getting too self-reliant, or really arrogant about everything I accomplished on my own. But I’m human and sometimes get my priorities twisted up. There is such an importance to spending intentional, daily time in the Word and in prayer:
“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29
“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
But why does my soul need that? What is so important about being in the Word? To seek God continually? “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). The Holy Spirit is what gives us discernment and we need to be intentional about setting our mind on Him. God has so much He wants to teach us and show us about who He is and how to love like He does, and the best way to hear Him is to make space for Him. He doesn’t just want that “left-over” chunk of time like I sometimes try to give Him, He wants to be the biggest priority of my life. He wants us to desire more of Him. To seek out His Spirit constantly. And He deserves that! I am training you to set your mind on Me more and more, tuning out distractions through the help of my Spirit. Walk with Me in holy trust, responding to my initiatives rather than trying to make things fit your plans.
Let go of your plans today and make Him your first priority. As you seek Him out more and more and you will find your plans being less and less distracting, and you will find being God being elevated back to that rightful highest priority of your life.
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