Personal Time with God
“Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.” (Psalms 21:6, TNIV)
In the beginning, any relationship whether personal or professional has a unique and special character or attraction. I tell my clients that job search (interviewing, negotiating job offers, and hiring) is much like a courtship or old-fashioned “dating game.” Every step is critical and one mistake can stop the process. Do you remember the dating steps? You get all dressed up and go to the party, dance with your date hoping you don’t step on their toes. The courtship ritual continues until over time you go your separate ways or the mutual attraction leads to a marriage proposal. But, the relationship does not end there. The honeymoon and the first six months are filled with a sense of adventure, discovery and excitement.
Then the reality of marriage settles in as you make the necessary adjustments and compromises required to build a new life as a couple and live in harmony on one accord. Many work relationships seem to follow a similar path of surprise, awkward adjustment, engagement or detachment. We can become so numb and insensitive that we begin to take our boss or employees for granted. If we’re not careful this process of withdrawal not only happens at home and work, it can also happen in our spiritual relationship with God.
Child of God, have you lost all sense of excitement, joy and desire for intimacy with God? Have you forgotten or taken for granted His love for you or that you are His beloved and precious child? If so, I encourage you to take command of your negative thoughts and emotions. Ask God to help you rekindle your excitement, anticipation, and passion for Him. Come into His presence with gladness, singing, dancing, praise and thanksgiving. Let Him restore your soul. Decide today to dwell in a place of intimacy with God all the days of your life.
Lord, thank you for your presence in my life. Jesus, help me to know the joy that can only come by being with you. I command my soul to sing and dance before you. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.