After becoming a Christian, I soon learned about the importance of spending daily time with God. I still remember a friend of mine in college who often talked about his “quiet time.” One evening, while we were hanging out in his dorm, he shared about his discipline for reading God’s Word and praying. He talked about some of his favorite devotional books. Our conversation was a catalyst in my life. I began a journey of regularly pursuing the Lord through personal worship. Sadly many believers never discover the joy of spending time with God. According to the Bible, there are several reasons why they should.
You are made for a relationship with God.
Scripture begins with the assertion that man and woman are made “in the image of God.” What does it mean to be made in God’s likeness? Well, the representation cannot be a physical one, since the Lord is likened to a “consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29), and since He is a “Spirit” (John 4:24). A clue to our question is found within the Genesis narrative. Notice how God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). The use of the first person plural is a reference to the Holy Trinity. I believe it reminds us of the way in which all of us have been made for relationships. Just as a triangle of relating exists within the Godhead, we are made to live in a trinity of relationships. We are made to have fellowship with God and others (Matthew 22:37-40). Life will never make sense, nor will it ever bring real fulfillment, until you come to grips with this reality.
Separation from God is a reality of life.
Ever since the original sin (Genesis 3:1-7), humanity has been estranged from God (Genesis 3:8-24). Man and woman do not enjoy the sweet, face-to-face intimacy that Adam and Eve once knew (Genesis 3:8). In order to experience the Lord’s presence, one must pursue the Lord through the spiritual means which the Lord has made available.
God has made a way for you to have a relationship with Himself.
I’m thankful that God is a good God. He is a God of rich, rich grace. Even though He knew that we would rebel from Him, He made a way for us to be made right with Himself (Romans 5:8). His love for us is seen as early as Genesis. Shortly after the first transgression, He promised to redeem the seed of woman by sending a Deliverer who would crush Satan’s head (Genesis 3:15). The New Testament says, “When the time came to completion, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5). Thanks be to God! He has made a way for us to have a relationship with Himself! We should spend time with Him!
Your eternal destination involves a relationship with God.
The French mathematician Blaise Paschal has often been quoted as saying that every person’s heart contains a God-shaped vacuum. If his theory is true, the deepest longing of our hearts will be fulfilled in the enteral state. The Bible teaches that there is a coming day in which we will live with God and enjoy Him forever (Revelation 21:3 and 22:4). If this is our eternal destination, we should pursue Jesus in the here and now!
Dr. Patrick Latham