When we choose to spend time with God, we are rewarded with the joy that comes from being in His presence.
When we fall in love with someone, we spend time with him or her and willingly tend to the relationship. But when it comes to a relationship with Jesus, believers often rush through Bible reading and prayer, keeping faith alive by habit rather than worship. Lasting intimacy with God, however, comes by means of purpose and determination.
Purpose. Notice what King David advised the leaders of Israel: “Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God” (1 Chronicles 22:19). Believers must choose to pursue God and incorporate spiritual disciplines into their life; it doesn’t just happen. In your next quiet time, be intentional about praying to understand the Lord’s ways—He loves answering that plea.
Determination. Isaiah told Yahweh, “Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently” (Isaiah 26:9). Even when we don’t feel like investing time in our relationship with Christ, we must resolve to do so. A revelation from God will not come every day, but those who diligently seek the Lord experience His presence frequently in their worship.
Jesus brings joy into a believer’s life, but we must give Him the time to do so—and not simply our leftover minutes. God gives us His best; we should put forth no less in return.