Do you ever find yourself wishing you had more hours in the day? With the hustle and bustle of life, and all you want to do, and must do, do you find yourself complaining to God that you can't get it all done? I did, just the other day. My Heavenly Father lovingly, yet firmly rebuked me and asked, "If I gave you a few more hours, would you spend them like you spend the other 24 I give you every day?" Ouch. Although I try to honour God with my life, I know there are times I spend time on Facebook when the only thing that matters is gazing into His Face in the Book He has written for us! The God of this universe - the creator of all - invites us into His presence. One of the first things I often do when I get up in the morning is check my cellphone to see if I have any new messages, or see what notifications I have on Facebook. This morning I saw that a dear friend shared a great blog entry by Francis Chan. In it he said, "There is no substitute for being alone with God. If you don't have time, you need to quit something to make room. Skip a meal. Cancel a meeting. End a regular commitment. There is literally nothing more important you could do today." Rather than continuing to read my news feed to see what other friends posted, or check out groups to see what members shared, or sit down and write the blog entry about this weekend's On the way to Bethlehem, I decided to spend some time in God's word. I thought of persecuted believers who are currently in prison, yet they are allowed their religious book of choice. Some are given no other books, paper, or even pen, yet they have the Bible. May we realize that His word is enough. May we not allow other things to become distractions of life that take our focus off of the only one who really matters. I decided to look at a verse I learned in Pioneer Girls, Sunday School and Bible Club as a child. Psalm 119:105 says:
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.
Notice it does not say, "All the Sunday morning sermons my pastor preaches are a light for my path."
Nor does it say, "Worship music I listen to on the stereo in my car is a light to my path."
Nor does it say, "Reading blogs and other Christian's posts on Facebook are a light to my path."
Nor does it say, "Reading theologically accurate commentaries and other books about God's word are a light to my path."
NO, it says, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."
While the other things are good, if we allow them to take our time away from what is best (time in God's word), then we will not have the lamp shining on our feet and the light upon our path, that God wants to use to illuminate our way!
My purpose of checking out verse 105, was to look at the context before and after the verse... to see if it said anything other than His word being our lamp and light.
Nope, just that. Well, two more things actually.
1. Meditating on it all day long.
2. Obeying it.
Here is the passage that immediately precedes verse 105.97 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. 98 Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies. 99 I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. 100 I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. 101 I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. 102 I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. 103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. This is my prayer for today as I think on these verses. Won't you pray it with me today? "Lord, please help me to spend more time in your word. Help me to make it a priority, and not get distracted by all the other things I could spend my time on. Help me to realize you generously give me 24 hours each day. It's up to me to decide how to use them. Please help me to make good decisions with my time. I want to have sweet times of fellowship with you in your word. I want to meditate on it. Please help me to obey your precepts and your word. Give me a love for your word that is so strong, I will long to carve out more minutes each day to spend in your presence. Help me to hate every wrong path. May my life be lived as you want me to live it, as I spend time reading, meditating on, and obeying your word. For it is only then that my path will be lit by your wisdom and guiding grace. I love you God and ask for your help in being the person you want me to be today. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN."