UPDATE: The FREE resource mentioned in this post is no longer available because I’m using the materials in a future project. I’m so sorry for the inconvenience. I have a free Proverbs 31 Printable that I know will bless you. You can download it here.
I’m not judging you. I’ve been there.
I went from having a hour of mandatory prayer daily at ministry college to serving in full-time vocational ministry for over a year on EMPTY because I “didn’t have time” to read my Bible for myself.
I understand how easily it happens so this is not to condemn you… this is to encourage you and give you the nudge I wish I would have had earlier.
The truth is I didn’t start reading my Bible regularly again until I went through crises.
The second miscarriage (of three) that I didn’t see coming.
That rough patch in my marriage where I felt like giving up.
That time that I felt betrayed by a very close friend and couldn’t trust anyone.
That’s when I remembered that I needed God. That’s when I clung to him and I knew he was closer to me than ever before. That’s when I learned how to be consistent in spending time with Him and my relationship with Him grew stronger.
We all want a faith like that where we feel like we are hearing from God and in His will and every time we spend with Him we “get something” out of it. Let me tell you why that’s not going to happen — not unless you realize something.
The truth is, you’re not reading the Bible because you don’t realize you need God.
I don’t want you to have to hit a bump in the road in a storm and spin out of control before you ask Jesus to take the wheel. (See what I did there? ?)
But seriously, the Bible says,
“Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you” (Psalm 32:8 NIV).
That verse is God’s way of saying, “Don’t make me pull you here and there through your circumstances so that you follow me.” He doesn’t want us to be His pets (or kids) on a leash, He wants us to stick closely to Him without Him having to pull us away from the consequences of doing life without Him — without having to discipline us as a rider whips a horse to get him back on the right track.
I hit rock bottom a lot of times in life because God loves me. There have been times that he has rescued me from situations that I should never have gotten into. Other times, I make stupid choices without God and He lets me realize them so that I stick close to him the next time. But the losses along the way hurt. Having to go through marriage counseling sucked. Having to lay down a business that I wanted more than I wanted God — painful. It was all worth it, but what if I could have just been growing in my relationship with God instead of going through damage control?
What’s At Stake For You?
Don’t wait until your life is falling apart to start being consistent in spending time with God in prayer and reading His Word. You need God now. You need Him every day, every moment, every hour, minute, and second. It’s just pride that’s keeps us from seeing the real mess going on around and inside us, and that just proves our need for Jesus always.
Remember God’s love for you Remember how God saved you. Remember all of the amazing things He has done for you. Let that gratitude for Him compel you to want Him more.
Pick up that crappy two-minute devotional that’s collecting dust in your house because it gives you zero butterflies and just go through the motions. Going through the motions is better than doing nothing at all. Go through the motions every single day until you see something change. The cliche goes, “God can’t steer a parked car.” Go read that Scripture you already know by heart, just for the heck of it. Turn off your phone for 5 minutes and be honest with God about how badly you’ve been slacking off.
Consider praying this prayer: “God, I know I need you. Forgive me for not putting you first. Help me to stop making excuses and do what I need to do to spend time with you.”
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Your Turn: Let’s have a “praise party” in the comments section! What has God done for you? ⭐️
Hey sis! I’m Imani, the Young Moms’ Advocate and Legacy Activator, who is here to help your family prosper. Also, I’m probably dancing to Michael Jackson right now.