You were made to live in relationship with God, and if you think you can be joyful without getting to know Him better, then you’re just fooling yourself.
“For my determined purpose is that I may ... progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly.” (Philippians 3:10 AMP)
You were made to live in relationship with God, and if you think you can be joyful without getting to know Him better, you’re just fooling yourself. Happiness is found in getting to know God a little bit better every day.
Paul discovered that. He says in Philippians 3:10, “For my determined purpose is that I may ... progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly” (AMP).
There is a difference in knowing about someone and knowing someone. I know more about Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian than I want to, but I don’t really know them. I know my wife and I know my kids because I spend time with them. I have a relationship with them.
Paul became “deeply and intimately acquainted” with God because he had a relationship with Him and took the time to get to know Him.
You don’t get to know God by accident. It’s a “determined purpose.” It’s something you have to do something about. You have to invest your time in it.
But, we get too busy, and busyness destroys relationships. It destroys your relationship with your family, and it destroys your relationship with God.
To get to know Jesus, you’ve got to spend time with Him. If you want to spend time with Him, you’ve got to make time for Him. Just set aside 10 or 15 minutes of focused time with God in the morning, and make sure you and your mind are not busy. Just be still, and it will make all the difference in the world.
Talk It Over
What is something you do every day for at least 15 minutes? Is it more important than spending time with God?
How do you need to adjust your schedule so that you can make time to spend with God?
What are the distractions that keep you too busy to spend time with God?
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