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. Psalm 63:1 ESV
The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. Lamentations 3:25 KJV
In any relationship, it’s always important to continuously keep the passion, love and fire burning. When dating, people do this with good morning texts, random sweet emails, gifts for no reason at all and of course lots of affirmations of love. But I’m sure that I’m not the only one that finds it sometimes difficult to maintain a continuous, passionate relationship with God. I think that it’s difficult for many reasons.
We can’t see Him
I think it’s tough to keep our relationship strong with God sometimes, simply because we can’t see Him. In a dating or marriage relationship, we can call, eat and just spend quality time with the person we love. We can spend time with God, but sometimes it feels like we’re wasting our time because we can’t see Him.
Distractions are everywhere. TV, computers, our phones, our friends and family. Distractions aren’t always bad, but sometimes they are good at keeping us too busy to spend time with God.
We haven’t made up our mind
Everything we do begins with a choice. Prayer, reading the Bible, and everything related to keeping our relationship with God thriving. At some point, we all have to purpose in our minds that we will have a strong relationship with Him because we choose to do what need to be done to obtain it. If that means cutting off the tv, telling friends we’ll call them later or even taking a fast from social media, we must decide to do whatever we must do to put God first and keep Him in His rightful place.
So what can we actually do to be sure that our relationship with God is growing and thriving?
Purpose in our mind to put Him first
This sounds easy, but it’s something that we must do daily. Today, we can wake up and decide that we’re going to spend plenty of time with God in prayer, studying and worship. But if we don’t decide to do the same thing tomorrow, we will be on our way to losing some of the intimacy we had. Just imagine not talking to your significant other or your spouse for a whole day. I’ve experienced not being able to talk to someone that I loved for two days and it was a really rough weekend for me. Thankfully it didn’t damage our relationship, but if we were to do it over and over, it would. Think of God the same way. We must decide each and everyday that we will make Him first and treat Him as such.
Push through emotions
There are days that we all wake up and don’t feel like loving on anyone. We all have moods, bad feelings and emotions that try to discourage us from doing what we should do, but if we want to really reach the next level in our relationship with Him, we must learn to push through the feelings and pray, praise, worship and read our Bibles anyhow. We can’t be ruled by our feelings. The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 17:9 that we can’t trust our hearts. Don’t allow your heart to make the decision not to spend time with God for you. Push through those feelings and spend time with Him because you love Him.
Change things up
It’s wonderful to be able to change things up. When things become mundane or old, we can always spend time with God in different ways. I doubt that any couple would go on dates to the same place over and over and expect to have an amazing time. Of course not! We try new things, eat new foods, go to new places, etc because it adds an element of freshness to our relationships. When I’m not feeling like my regular routine of prayer then Bible study, I add in journaling and worship. Also, new translations of the Bible really enhance Bible study time. Whenever English Standard Version becomes a little dry to me, I read in the Message translation as well and it seems as if the words literally jump off the page! I also supplement my Bible study with sermons & messages from awesome pastors. I utilize several applications from different ministries that really enhance my study time. Spending time with God can be as fun as we make it and it is only boring if we allow it to be.
If our relationship with God is the most important thing in our life, we must be willing to do whatever we must do to be sure that the relationship is growing and developing in a healthy way. This doesn’t mean that we can’t have a life, spend time with friends or anything else, but it does mean that we have our priorities lined up and God is in His rightful place. It’s been said that if we want to see what someone cares about, look at how they spend their time and how they spend their money. When we love someone dearly, we make sure that they know it because we give them our energy, our time and our attention. We don’t want to make God wonder How important He is to us. He is the lover of our souls so He deserves to always know just how much we love and adore Him.