So often in these devotionals I suggest you spend time in the secret place. It is a very important practice to have. But I wanted to address a couple of very real realities.
Sometimes, especially when we have little ones, our time in the secret place can be very hard to find and oftentimes interrupted. Believe me, I know all about the struggle. The question is, how do you respond to interrupted quiet time? I readily admit I have often reacted poorly to my time with Jesus being cut short by screaming or crying of children. It has also worn my patience to be distracted from my time with Abba because of the needs of my husband. Yes, during certain seasons it can almost seem more trouble than its worth to try to steal away time in the secret place.
What I have discovered is, though the time can be hard to find and even harder to maintain, it is well worth it. In fact, I truly believe it is something worth fighting for.
Have you ever seen a married couple with kids, and the parents bicker and seem to barely be able to stand one another? Or maybe a husband and wife so consumed with work and kids that they never take any time to pour into their marriage relationship? And one day the kids grow up and move away and the parents are left at home alone together and realize they don’t even know each other anymore. This is one reason that Chris and I have fiercely guarded our relationship as a number one priority. I would never want the man who shares my bed to feel like a stranger. Likewise, I would never want to reach the end of my time on earth and arrive at the Throne in Heaven and have God say, “Depart from Me, for I never knew you.”
There was a moment when I realized that I got to decide how much I let God “know me”, and I get to decide how much of Him I discover. Don’t mistake me, I am fully aware that God knows everything and everyone, but I truly believe He gives us the free will to decide whether or not to invite Him in and let Him know us.
I want to start out this week reminding you once again, of the importance of the secret place and encourage you to commit to a dedicated time to meet with Him every single day. He waits for you. He has so much to show you. If your time with Him gets interrupted, try this. Ask Him to show you how to share what He’s showing you in those secret times right away when you’re interrupted. Examine your interruptions to see if maybe He’s letting them happen because He has something to say about it. You never know. I have learned to ask God many questions. To be like an investigator and search out God’s heart as much as I can. It is so good to be known by Him. It is even better to know Him well.
Oh God, You are so worth my time. Help me guard our quiet times together. Lord expand time so that when You and I meet, it feels relaxed and plentiful. You are mine. I am Yours. I love You, in Jesus name, Amen.
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:21-23
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1