Being Intentional

How often do we get ready to start a task only to turn around and forget the same task we were just thinking about seconds ago? It’s like the task is in our minds one second, and then gone the next. In the same way, our relationship with God can be like this. With all of the distractions in this world pulling us in so many directions, it can be easy to forget to spend time with God, but this is where intentionality comes in. It’s important for us to be intentional about making our relationship with God our #1 priority before anything else we do, because this reminds us of how everything we’re doing on a day-to-day basis serves a greater purpose than simply checking off tasks on a to-do list. It reminds us that all of our tasks are intertwined and a testament of our character, our overall existence. 

If we’re honest, there are several times where we think we can do everything on our own without God’s help. However, when we sit still and think back to every time we chose to do things on our own, we can probably notice that we ended up not doing as well as we hoped we would in those things. In this regard, having God as our Creator brings us to the realization that He knows us better than we know ourselves. 

“For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well. My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.” (Psalm 139:13-16 HCSB)

Therefore, when we seek God first, as Matthew 6:33 says, we’re setting ourselves up to receive everything needed to be better prepared for the journey of life. 

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.”  (Matthew 6:33 HCSB)

Being intentional about spending time with God isn’t always an easy feat because sometimes it seems like other things in our lives take precedence over the relationship we share with Him. However, choosing to be intentional in our time with God will change our entire outlook on life and our daily responsibilities, because being in His presence has a way of helping us refocus. It also opens the door for us to realize that we have more time, and our day is more fulfilling when we carve out time with Him.

None of us will ever get things perfectly as long as we live on this earth, but life on earth, until God returns (Revelation 21:1-5), is never about perfection rather progression. The goal is to strive moment by moment, day by day to spend time with our Creator, and in doing this, we’re making it clear, that who He calls us to be and whatever He calls us to is what we ultimately want. I trust that He’ll never lead us down a wrong path because He never has.

“Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.” (James 1:16-18)

Today I want to encourage you to reflect… What ways have you been spending time with God recently? Examples of ways to spend time with God include praying, giving thanks to Him for how He has taken care of us, reading and studying the Bible, listening to music that shows Him reverence, and rearranging negative thoughts into those that resemble the truth of who God created us to be. 

For more on spending time with God, visit Time Well Spent and Spending Time with God as Busy People.

Seven-Min. Devotionals

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