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Friday, May 10, 2019

Giving God My Best Time

In review of Psalm 25:14 it tells me that “Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him. With them alone he shares the secrets of his promises” (TLB).

Today’s verse is Psalm 25:14. In it David tells us that the Lord is the friend of those who obey him and he affirms his covenant with them.

What I have been learning is that God offers me an intimate and lasting friendship with him as I revere and hold him in the highest honor. What other relationship could ever compare with having the Lord of all creation for a friend? My everlasting friendship with God will grow as I respect and honor him.

I’m also learning that, if I want to build a deep relationship with God, I have to slow down and be quiet.

Friendship with God is like any other friendship, I have to make time for it. If I don’t make time for my human friends, they’re not my friends. You make time for your friends. And if God is going to be my best friend, I’ve got to give my best time to him.

The Bible says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10 NIV).

This means that I need to continue to have a daily quiet time with God. In it I have to be still so that I can know him better.

Psalm 25:14 says, “Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him. With them alone he shares the secrets of his promises” (TLB).

Many people don’t know God. They haven’t experienced God’s love. They don’t know why he does what he does. Yet, the Bible says that friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him, in other words, those who slow down and spend time with him.

What would a friendship be if I never invested my time in it? Friendships need attention. I will never know God intimately if all I do is go to church services. I’ve got to read God’s Word and ask him, “God, is there anything you want to say to me?” I don’t have to use any fancy phrases or words. Just talk to him authentically. And then listen!

The Bible says it like this in Matthew 6:5-6: “When you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production . . . Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace” (Matthew 6:5-6 The Message).

Today slow down, focus on God, and listen as he speaks to me about his grace.

Bottom Line:
In true Friendship with God he reveals his promises.

What this means to me:
When I take God seriously, reverence and obey him, he shares and affirms his promises to me.

In summary, the Lord is my friend when I take time to be with and listen to him. So I need to slow down and be quiet. I need to be still so that I can know him better. Just slow down, focus on him and listen as he speaks to me.

Father I realize that I have a lot of distractions and time commitments in my life. This often disrupts and water down’s my time in your Word and with you. As I think about what are the distractions that keep me from being still before you. I know that location (noise) and time commitments are some of the biggest hindrances. I could use your assistance to help me find a new place or use earphones w/soft music to help block noise. I can even position myself so I’m not distracted. I pray this morning Father for your guidance and wisdom in handling my tasks for today and planning for the future. Allow me to lead my team and interact rightly with others. These things I pray in your Son Jesus name, amen.