Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Using Your Time For God”. It is 4 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing. Josh Mors will be assisting as well with guest commentary.
“Awake, my glory!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn!”
“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”
“But I will sing of your strength;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me a fortress
and a refuge in the day of my distress.”
Use your leisure time for pursuits that are life-enriching. Reading is a valuable use of time. Augustine once advised believers to learn as many things as possible, since all truth is God’s truth. Other avocations that are enriching are in the area of the arts. I also enjoy working crossword puzzles to warm up the little gray cells and expand my vista of verbal expression.
Find ways to cheat the “sandman.” My habit has been to retire between 8 and 9 p.m. when possible and rise at 4 a.m. This has affected a wonderful revolution for my schedule. The early hours of the day are free from distractions and interruptions, a marvelous time for study, writing, and prayer.
Use driving time for learning. Driving a car is a mechanical function that allows the mind to be alert to more than what is happening on the roadway. The benefits of recordings can be put to great use during these times.
Finally, in most cases, a schedule is more liberating than restricting. Working with a schedule helps enormously to organize our use of time. The schedule should be a friend, not an enemy. It helps us find the rhythm for a God-glorifying, productive life.
I agree that using your free time to enrich yourself is a great thing to do. I use my down time to write (obviously), make videos, and read as well. Video games are fun but if they dominate your free time then it may be time to reevaluate. We are not meant to be here to just waste the day away on useless things. We are here because God created us and we live for Him. We love Him because He loved us first.
Try to set up a time maybe this week, or the next to spend some time with God. Pray to God to ask you when you can set a time throughout the week of when you can read His Word, or to pray. I will be doing the same thing this week, or the next. This past Saturday when I woke up from bed, I spend the first couple minutes of the morning in bed just praying to God, and talking to Him about things that were going through my mind. Psalm 63:1 says “ O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in dry and weary land where there is no water.” Every day our hearts are hungry for God, and we need to feed them by taking time out of our schedule to pray, read His Word, or to listen to Godly music and worship Him. You might be a busy person, but I believe that you can make time for God, and it can be at any time of the day. It can be before you go to bed, or before you start off your day. Make it reasonable, and make sure you pray to God to ask you about the selected time you would like to spend with Him.