My favorite quote of all time comes from Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I haven’t even finished half the book, nor have I picked it up for months. But his words still stick with me.
Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.
Because I was in this place for a long while. Longer than I would ever want to admit. But yet I never realized that God was meeting me ever time I sat down to read His word but never actually felt the desire to do so. He was meeting me there, helping me fight the urge to give into all other distractions, leading me with His Spirit to lean into Him even when I really and truly just didn’t give a crap.
I was in that place for a long time. A place where I didn’t desire yet I still obeyed, and that is exactly where satan DOES NOT want us to be.
So what is the 1 step to improving your quiet time?
Keep freaking going. Set a time, a place and dive in. Every day. No matter what.
Make it a thing every single day. Don’t push it away, don’t play it safe by praying a few prayers while driving down the highway. Set a time, a place and read His Word.
I understand that it’s hard guys, I do, believe me. The last thing I want to do while putting my head down to finally get some sleep is to try and understand what the heck Job and his friends are even talking about this time. I use the excuse of my tired eyes and weary mind to say, “it’s just not worth it; I won’t even remember what I read tomorrow anyway.”
But God is way bigger and better and stronger than our weary minds. And we have to remember that He is working even when we think we are a lost cause. We have to remember that He is molding us, forming us, making HIM our foundation and our solid rock, through every word in His Word. He is there, always working, always faithful, all we have to do is sit and receive it.
So how do you get better at spending more and more time in the Word? How do you get better and finally start feeling the desire and urge to dig into the living Word of God? You do it. You sit down, you fight the distractions and you dive right in. No expectations. No excuses. Just do it. (And no this blog is not endorsed by Nike.)
I’m all about honesty so here it goes: I’ve never once regretted spending time with my Heavenly Father. Not even a second of regret. And I think that has something to say about how good and how real and how awesome and how giving our God is. That He always shows up even when we can.t He is always waiting even when we fall. He is always faithful, always present, ALWAYS calling our name- we just have to sit and call His name back.
See you soon,