Life can get pretty hectic, can’t it? So many things demand our time and attention. It’s not that all those things are bad, but there are only so many balls you can juggle before you end up dropping one. And unfortunately, the one that usually gets dropped is the one that is the most important, the one that actually gives us strength to manage all the rest – time with the Lord. Without real time spent with God, we begin to feel burnt out, easily frustrated, overworked, exhausted and empty. That was never how God intended us to navigate life.
As children of God, we are called to live our life from the place of the Spirit. That means we have to regularly… COME AWAY. Pulling away from the demands of the world we live in and intentionally choosing to give God first place in our time and our attention is the key to living an abundant life – full of joy, full of peace, full of strength, full of power and full of purpose. And it starts with a decision to return to God and to put things back in the right order of priority.
For a moment, stop and listen to God speaking to your heart: “Return to Me. Come away with Me. You were never designed to do life apart from Me. Our relationship together was always intended to be the center of your life. It’s okay to admit you can’t do it all on your own. You’re not supposed to. We are in this together. If you will return to Me, I will meet with you and show you wonderful things you do not yet know.”
Even if you have to schedule time every day, set time aside to be with God. Time with Him will impact the rest of your schedule for the day. Make a commitment to come away to be with the One who deserves first place in your life.
Lord, I have decided to come away with You. I want to know You more. I want to experience more of what You have promised me in Your word. Help me to pull away from the busyness of my life and return to You, my first love. I hear you saying, “Come and talk with Me.” Lord, I am coming. I trust that when I draw close to You, You will faithfully come close to me. Show me how to always keep you at the center of my life. Meet me here, Lord, in Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
The Bible is God speaking to us. When we need wisdom and direction, we need only open its pages to see what God has to say. This week, spend time studying the scriptures below and hear God’s heart to you about coming away with Him:
[Jeremiah 15:19 NLT] This is how the LORD responds: “If you return to Me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve Me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be My spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you.
[Psalm 27:8 NLT] My heart has heard You say, “Come and talk with Me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”
[Isaiah 44:22 NLT] I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to Me, for I have paid the price to set you free.”
[Jeremiah 24:7 NLT] I will give them hearts that recognize Me as the LORD. They will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me wholeheartedly.
[Hosea 12:6 NLT] So now, come back to your God. Act with love and justice, and always depend on Him.
[James 4:8 NLT] Come close to God, and God will come close to you…
[1 John 4:17 NLT] And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face Him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.