Exodus 34:14 NLT You must worship no other gods, for the Lord, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you.
As we enter into the new year with resolutions, goals, plans, purpose and fresh desires, we must remember not to forsake our time alone with God. (Most people include rebuilding their relationship with God or growing closer to Him as part of their "change" for the new year) Although we attend church serves, watch tv sermons, listen to gospel music in our homes, cars and cubicles, none of these things can take the place of genuine time spent alone with God.
While I do believe that God wants us to have success and the desires of our hears, He wants us to be in relationship with Him more than anything. (Psalm 37:4 NIV states "Delight yourself in the Lord
and he will give you the desires of your heart.")
Think about your earthly relationships. How do you maintain them? By spending time with your loved ones, right? That is exactly what we must do with our Heavenly Father. Set aside time to pray each day. Set aside time to study God's word. A friend recently mentioned to me that midnight was the best time for her to study. Each one of us must decide what is best for us and make spending time with God a priority. When are you least distracted?
So today, I encourage you to examine your BUSY schedule:
Where are you spending your time?
When are you spending meaningful time with God?
Are you making your relationship with Him a priority?
Remember that God loves you and wants the best for you every year, not just in 2013! God's greatest desire is you getting to know Him! So as you chase after your dreams, be sure to always chase after the Dream Giver!
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