Friday, June 21, 2013

Spending Time In His Presence

Psalm 92:1-2  It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night,

Waiting is something I’ve had a lifelong process of learning to do. One of the ways I’ve learned to be patient is to measure time and to allocate it more appropriately. When I have a realistic understanding of what I expect to accomplish and how long it will take, I can then figure out how all of the pieces will fit into my day. This can both be a strength and a weakness. For years I wore a watch with hands on it (analog) because I could look at its face and see my day in it. Switching to a digital clock, like is on my phone, was a difficult thing to do. With the dial I saw more of the fullness of the day, and with the digital display I merely saw what time it was right then. As a strength I could see that there was more time than just the present, and many things could be adjusted based upon priorities and urgency. As a weakness, I had very real picture of how much less of it there was as specific deadlines approached, and this sometimes resulted in a pressure to either drop or squeeze.

On the other side of the coin, spending a long season of searching what God would have me do next in service for Him has been an even more difficult thing to do as there is more time available than I tend to fill. And when there is too much time for me, then I am tempted to not make the best use of it and in a real sense – waste it.

In both life cases there is the question of how I go about having an un-pressed time with God. When I was very busy the temptation was to struggle with blocking out the things pressing in. And the way I found of doing this was to remind myself that those things have their own time, but this was my time with God. And in having more unstructured time the temptation is to push it off as there is open time later. Even here, I have found it important to change my location and to persist in a set aside time where other things are blocked out.

The bottom line for me, as I suspect it is for most of us, is that there are many excuses we can use for not spending time quietly with God, reading through His Word, talking to Him and waiting on Him to speak to us. Today Sarah encourages us to wait patiently with God while He blesses us. And the blessing she is speaking of is knowing that He exists, that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, and that He will truly strengthen us no matter what we are facing outside of that time. Like a quiet place in a storm, is our time with God as He prepares us to step out into whatever lies ahead of us for the rest of our day. When we do this in the morning we can move forward in a prepared confidence throughout our day, and when we do this in the evening we can lie down knowing His peace. When we give Him the small moments during the day we find ourselves continually renewed.

Psalm 16:7-11 I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will dwell securely. For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay. You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

Today in “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (6/21)

Wait patiently with Me while I bless you. Don’t rush into My Presence with time-consciousness gnawing at your mind. I dwell in timelessness: I am, I was, I will always be. For you, time is a protection; you’re a frail creature who can handle only twenty-four-hour segments of life. Time can also be a tyrant, ticking away relentlessly in your mind. Learn to master time, or it will be your master.

Though you are a time-bound creature, seek to meet Me in timelessness. As you focus on My Presence, the demands of time and tasks will diminish. I will bless you and keep you, making My Face shine upon you graciously, giving you Peace.

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Number 6:24-26

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