I picked up my Bible while asking God, “Where do You want me to read in Your Bible today?” Before I finished my question, His answer flashed in my mind.
“Just pick a PLACE. I’ll meet you ANY PLACE and ANY TIME!”
I was shocked me and thrilled at the same time. You may ask, “How can you be sure God was speaking to you, and that it was not just your vivid imagination?” That’s a valid question. But all I can tell you is, I just know. How? I don’t know how, but I just know when God speaks- it’s that simple. Let’s review what He said to me, because this is for you too.
He is so excited to meet with us,
JUST PICK A PLACE, ANY PLACE.
Remember, I was asking God where I should read in His Bible. Every part of His Word is alive and life giving – even the parts you don’t understand or that seem boring. It’s not just reading or studying the Bible that God wants from us. Reading or studying the Bible without an encounter with God is pointless.
The purpose of the Written Word is the reveal the Living Word (John1:14).
The Pharisees were the leading theologians of the day during Jesus’ time. They memorized great portions of the Word, yet they did not recognize the Living Word of God when He was standing right in front of them! So just pick a book, a chapter, a psalm and remember the purpose – is to meet God in this place. He knows if you are really looking to meet with Him or – just reading.
What’s the best time to meet with God? What He told me was,
Scripture does reveal that God seems partial to the early mornings. It’s the time when most things are still without a lot of distraction. It’s also the first part of our working day. Meeting God in the first part of your day is a good way of honoring Him and seeking His kingdom and will first.
“In the morning, O Lord Thou wilt hear my voice. In the morning I will order my prayer to Thee and eagerly watch.” Psalm 5:3
Early morning prayer was the practice of Jesus.
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. Mark 1:35
In January a few people in our church started a prayer meeting at 6:30 a.m. on Thursdays in the sanctuary of our church. At first I wondered about this. You can pray any time, so why should I drag myself out of bed to pray at such an early hour? Continue reading “Meeting with God”