35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark,
[Jesus] departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.

Mark 1:35

We live in an incredibly busy world.

When work seems to consume much of our time and thinking, it is difficult to find a moment to be still with God. Our problem is not about not having the time for God. It is about not being willing to give our time to God.

If you ever felt led to spend some alone time with the Lord, and the first thing that comes up in your mind is, “What can I get out of it?”, then your relationship with God revolves more around incentives and not intimacy. It is like a trade-off, that is, if you keep to your end of the bargain by giving God a few minutes every day, God will keep His end and reward you.

This attitude, if not corrected, will trap you into a performance-based approach to God. Here, you are relying on your efforts and deeds to please God instead of believing and living in God’s grace to do what will please Him. Because Jesus intently spent time with the Father, He became consciously aware of His Father’s purpose and power. As a result of this, our Lord always did the things God told Him to do and in doing so, He brought glory and honour to the Father.

God always has time for you.

As you learn to walk diligently and faithfully with Him, God will show you and teach you how to walk in your call. Then, you will begin to discover more of what it means to work with God and thrive in every area of your life and relationships. You become so close to God that you choose to do anything He asks, whether in the smallest or biggest things. Not only that, there is such a deep joy within you, an almost unbelievable joy because you have the feelings of true kinship with the Father. For at that moment you have comprehended the beautiful truth of what it means to be a beloved son or a daughter of God.

Reflection

How will I describe my relationship with God at the moment?


© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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