Look at your calendar and your to-do list for this week. If you’re like most people in this country, then both are stacked with responsibilities galore. You’ve got work, meetings, tests, t-ball practice, grocery shopping, chores, church, Bible study, and swing dance lessons (okay, maybe not swing dance lessons). The point is that we’re busy. So busy, in fact, that we let these other less important aspects of life invade our personal time with God. Yes, all that we do should be done for the glory of God, and in that way all of life should be worship to God (1 Cor. 10:31), but if we don’t create some daily time for ourselves wherein our focus is simply to hear from God through his word and speak to him in prayer, then our spiritual lives will become stagnant and bland. Furthermore, our time with God can often be the time that is left over after we’re finished with all the other responsibilities in our day, and if God just gets our leftovers, then there will be some days when there is nothing leftover because we were just too busy.
At our church, both formally and informally, we try to keep each other accountable for meeting with God in his word on a daily basis. The reasons I hear most (from others and myself) for why time was not given to God on any given day have to do with being too busy. Each time I hear this, I am reminded of something my friend Justin Childers (check out his blog: http://justinchilders.blogspot.com/) said once. In college, he was teaching on Scripture memory at the Baptist Student Ministry one Thursday night and said, “If you are too busy to memorize Scripture, then you are far busier than God ever intended you to be.” These words have stuck with me over the years and I hope they will stick with you as well. Whether it’s Scripture memory, Bible study, or prayer, our time with God should be the highest priority in our day! Instead of planning our time with God around our other responsibilities we should be planning our other responsibilities around our time with God. And if there’s simply not enough time in the day to do that, then there are things in our day that we need to cut out for our Savior and King. Church, Jesus is worth us creating an impenetrable block of time that is dedicated to him each day. Remember, it is the one who delights in God’s word and meditates on it day and night who will be blessed in this life (Psalm 1:2-3). I’m sure your week is full of good things that are helpful and beneficial, but let us not allow good things to keep us from the best thing!