It can be challenging to “find the time” to spend with God in a world that glorifies busyness. And because God has granted us free will, many of us never prioritize spending time with Him. Instead, we make time for work, errands, social media scrolling, Netflix binging, and whatever else our hearts desire. While I’m not condemning the many ways we spend our time, I am suggesting reevaluating how we spend our precious 24-hour days.
The Benefits of Spending Time With God
Choosing to spend time with God is what Luke 10:42 calls “choosing the better thing.” Rationalizing why we don’t spend time with God does nothing but push Him into the background. Doing this makes it harder to hear or even recognize His voice. That’s a scary place to be.
So, why should we spend more time with God? Well, for starters, the more time we spend with Him, the more:
- our gifts develop
- our faith increases
- our purpose becomes more clear
I’m barely scratching the surface of all the incredible and miraculous benefits of spending time with God. It’s truly mind-blowing what God can do for your life and the life of your loved ones when you give Him your full and undivided attention.
What does Spending Time with God look Like?
I approach spending time with God as I do with a dear friend. That means I’m fully present and ready to engage. I’m open to hearing the good and the not-so-good and look forward to learning something new.
Here are a few simple ways to start spending time with God:
Things to Keep in Mind
When you decide to spend time with God, be intentional. Find a quiet, distraction-free spot. Be prepared to write down any passages that stand out, words you may need to look up, or practical applications to use daily. Also, have a pen and a journal ready, especially if you’re listening to a sermon or reading a Bible plan or devotional.
You also want to be ready to hear and record what God reveals to you during this time. Keeping a journal will allow you to look back and reflect on how much your relationship with God has grown.
As the saying goes, you make time for the things that are important to you. God wants to hear from you, even if it’s just five minutes. So, in the coming days, I challenge you to make an intentional effort to find time to spend with God.