Many of us wake up and go about our daily routine without thinking about God or His Word. We have “responsibilities” that may include family or work and may make time for a quick devotion. How many of us look to Him though for help in our daily routines?
The Holy Spirit is with us every moment of the day. He is interested in the smallest details of our lives but is waiting for us to include Him. Unfortunately, He is left waiting by the majority because they just do not make time for Him. The “responsibilities” of life pull their attention to natural things.
Let’s pause for a moment and think about what our lives would look like if we were walking in everything God has planned for us. Do you think your life would look different from what it does today? Would we be as focused on the natural things as is the case today?
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
God knew us before we were born. He has a plan and calling for our lives that has been in place since before the moment of our conception.
We wake up with a focus on our natural responsibilities. How many of these are actually part of God’s plan? It might shock us to see that much of the things we are doing are not part of it!
Paul told us to “fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen” (2 Corinthians 4:18). This is really the key to success in the natural realm. It is also the only way we will find the plan and purpose of God for our lives!
Some of us have found the plan of God. Others have entered into the fringes of it by accident. The majority though are not even close to it. We have allowed our focus to drift away from the spiritual realm by the many distractions thrown at us by Satan.
Spiritual things can only be seen with the spiritual eye. This will require us to develop our spiritual senses by spending time giving careful and considerate thought to God’s Word. It will require us to dedicate time on a daily basis to fellowship with our creator.
Circumstances will take a toll on us if we allow them to. Satan is a master of distraction and these are one of his most effective tools. He will use our family, our work, or friends to pull us away from God if we allow him to.
I am not advocating neglecting our families or work. We have responsibilities that must be tended to but they must not come first! If we will look to the Holy Spirit, He will help us fulfill our responsibilities and still make time for spiritual things.
Some people are nearsighted and others farsighted in the natural realm. They require corrective lenses to help them see clearly.
In a sense we could say that the Bible is God’s way of providing correction for our spiritual vision. Our spiritual vision may be nearsighted or farsighted and the Word of God will correct either one if we pick it up and put it on!
Would you get in the car if you could not see clearly without prescription glasses and were not wearing them? I hope not! This could lead to you ending up in an accident that would have been avoided by you wearing the glasses that had been prescribed by your doctor.
Christians call Jesus the “Great Physician”. He has issued a prescription for our spiritual vision that is unique to each of us. This is not the drug store “one size fits all” reading glasses! It is tailored to our spiritual vision and will provide the ability to see clearly into the plan of God if we will follow it.
Far too many Christians miss the plan of God because they are not following their doctors instructions. The result is a mediocre life that may find some natural success but no associated eternal impact.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
I have heard people say that it is hard to make time for prayer and studying God’s Word. They claim that their schedule is far too full. These people may read a verse or even a chapter when they can squeeze it in but there is no consistency.
If anyone had an excuse for being busy it would have been Joshua. He was stepping into Moses’ position as leader of Israel. There were more than one million people looking to him for leadership. God told him that his key to success was spending time meditating in His Word “day and night”. If this was possible for Joshua don’t you think it is for us?
The average Christian today will place their Bible on a shelf where it gathers dust between services. Each Sunday they dust it off and dutifully carry it to church. The minister delivers a message and some will open their Bible to read along with him but most just look at the words as they are being projected on a screen. At the end of service their Bible ends up on the shelf at home until it is time to take it back to church.
We struggle with the plan of God due to our lack of focus on God’s things. He has called us to a relationship and this will require us to make time for Him. We cannot have a part time relationship and expect to succeed in our journey of discovering the plan of God!
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