A major uniqueness of the Christian Faith is that we serve a LIVING GOD. Our God is alive, as in for real, alive. Remember that text that has been turned to a song by some;
Psalm 135:15-17 “The idols of the nations are but silver and gold, The work of man’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; They have eyes, but they do not see; They have ears, but they do not hear, Nor is there any breath at all in their mouths.…
But Yahweh, the Living God can hear, can see, can talk…
I woke up to do my devotion this morning and like I advised in my post “7 Quick Tips To Having A Meaningful Morning Devotion” I sat up with my leg touching the ground and started singing “Oh, How I Love You” by Jesus Culture. I haven’t gone two minutes into singing and it dawned on me that my singing was just mindless chant.
I thought of it that the God I’m singing to actually listens, but I was singing like no one was listening. I was just ranting in the name of worshipping. I wasn’t singing TO the God that hears, I was more or less singing to myself and to my room, mindlessly.
It was at that point the reality of how many of my and our so-called quiet time(s)/ morning devotion(s) is/are to mainly give us self-satisfaction, or clear conscience that we have prayed, worshipped and studied. However, the reality is we haven’t really met or been with God.
How different are your devotion times to those whose religions are mere rituals or routines- where they do some activities at some stipulated time to simply justify their consciences?
Don’t let your devotion/ quiet time give you a false impression that you are known by God and you have spent time with Him. Actually, spend time with Him. While singing and praying, retain Him in your consciousness; think about Him, meditate on his awesomeness, beauty, goodness… Be aware that you are talking to a God that listens, that He’s alive, that He’s right there with you in your devotion time.
Ask yourself again, “is your devotion time a mere activity to justify that you are a Christian or an actually of fellowship (oneness and communication) with God”?
May God give us the grace to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
Grace and Peace.