This week is the first of two very busy weeks for me. I am not a huge fan of being busy, simply because I am not a big fan of stress, and being busy makes me feel stressed! 🙂 With a new(ish) part time job, and a bunch of other random responsibilities, I am writing this post because I really need it myself!
I realize that making time for God and having meaningful devotions is (sometimes) easier said than done. For me, it can be both, but it’s especially the meaningful part that’s a struggle for me! So, as I stated, I am writing this post because I really need it myself – but I hope and pray it will be a help you as well!
How to Make Time For God When Life Is Busy
I Must Realize the Importance
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5
I need my time with God whether I realize it or not. I may think I am doing fine on my own without the Lord’s help – but without Him I wouldn’t be accomplishing anything. I may do fine for a little while but eventually I will realize how futile it is to try and make it on my own – I need God’s grace for each and every day – not just some days.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil. as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast [firm] in the faith….” 1 Peter 5:8-9a
Faith. That’s my one word for this year. I need to walk with the Lord daily, so that my faith grows stronger and my focus stays on Him. If I don’t have a strong walk with the Lord, I will easily fall prey to the world, my flesh, and the Devil. How can I remain stedfast and firm in my faith? By taking time each day to establish myself in the Word of God and grow in my relationship with Him.
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:16
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit;” Ephesians 5:18
If I want to have the fruit of the Spirit in my life (Galatians 5:22-23) than I need to be walking with God and walking in the power of the Holy Spirit. How can I be sure that I am walking in the Spirit? Well, walking with the Lord each day is the best place to start! Each day when I spend time with the Lord, I can be asking Him to help me walk in the power of His Holy Spirit.
I Must Be Intentional
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…” James 5:8
My time with God is often short and rushed if I haven’t been intentional about it. I must decide that I am going to spend time with the Lord before I head off to work or get busy preparing for the rest of the day. If I am not thinking about my time with God the night before, then often, its a very half-hearted time of reading God’s Word and quickly asking Him to help me throughout my day. That’s not abiding in Christ. That is not seeking God and drawing near to Him.
I must learn to be intentional in my pursuit of God.
My desire to meet with God each day should flow out of a heart of love for Him (maybe I need to evaluate the depth of my love?).
What can I do to be intentional about my time with God?
- I must decide when I am going to meet with God each day. Then just as if I were meeting someone for an appointment, I must make it my #1 priority to be ready to meet with Him at that time.
- I must plan ahead. If I know I am going to have a very busy day (or week) I need to plan ahead so I can still spend time with God. I can wake up earlier, say “no” to an activity, or even skip a meal if I need to (seriously!). Whatever it takes, I must carve out time for God even in the middle of a busy day or week.
- I can ask for help. I can ask those closest to me to pray for me and keep me accountable. Those who love me best want to see me walking with the Lord consistently.
- I can cut back. I can cut something out, I can let something go… If being busy keeps me from spending time with God, then something needs to go.
Yes, my walk with God can be a struggle – I am easily distracted and so many “things” pull me away from my time with God. But the “cure” for a busy distracted heart is a stedfast and intentional heart. I can ask the Lord for help in this area, and so can you. When life gets busy, time with God gets pushed to the side. What we need to do is ask for help and take the necessary steps to get us back on track. The Lord wants us to be spending time in His presence and is ready and willing to give us the grace we need to do so.
How About You?
- How do you make time for God when life is busy?
- What makes your devotions meaningful and special to you?
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments – I love hearing from my readers!! 🙂
Want to read more? Check out this post: 6 Tips for Daily Devotions and Bible Study