You go near and hear all that the Lord our God may say, and tell us all that the Lord our God says to you, and we will hear and do it. Deuteronomy 5:27
I can’t even begin to tell you how often I’ve heard these words from Christians all around the globe. It’s the reason so many go to church on Sunday, it’s the only time they hear from God and it’s always through someone else’s voice.
Years ago, it was me as well. I was too busy to have personal time with God. As a wife and a mother, my time was not my own! But aside from that, I worked full time at a job and put in a lot of time at church in ministry. For a season, I was on the worship team, sang in choir which also involved practices. I was a marriage counselor and led worship twice a year for our marriage retreats. I was in leadership so I had to attend all the leadership meetings.
Do I regret any of those things? No. But what I discovered is without God first, all the rest would be empty and meaningless. Seven years into our marriage, I walked away. I decided I didn’t want to live in a loveless marriage anymore. But here’s what happened; I walked into a conversation with God and He showed me why my life was such a mess. He reminded me of the sweet fellowship we had once enjoyed and brought me back to His loving arms.
Nothing in my life changed right away, but my focus changed back to God and I made HIM a priority. He has remained my first. My first love and the one I run to in times of trouble. When I find myself frustrated or upset because of the way things are going, I run back to Him and look through His eyes. He always has a purpose for everything, I just have to trust Him.
Perhaps there’s a part of this that resonates with you. If so, I hope you make your way back to His presence and fine tune His voice once again. That you stop listening to the naysayers and the religious tones and put Him first in everything you do or say. He’s waiting.
Don’t be like those in Moses’ day who just wanted to do their own thing and come to hear from God through their ‘man or woman of God’. God made us for relationship with Him. If you’re too busy, get un-busy. He’s waiting.
It can be in your car as you drive or in the shower getting ready for work. God’s not picky with the place, He just wants it to happen. He knows that without Him, you can do nothing meaningful or lasting. He wants to lavish His favor on you, show you things you don’t know, but you have to make that happen. He’s waiting.
He said those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled. Come hungry, He’s waiting. He said if you seek Him with all your heart you’ll find Him. Come find Him, He’s waiting.