TAG -- Time Alone with God
Dear Fellow Disciple-Maker,
I have spent my whole life making appointments with people. We have to agree on the date, the time and the place. Once that is set, the communication can begin. But until the appointment is made, nothing is accomplished. No business is done. No progress is made. I believe the same is true in our relationship with God. Until there is a set time and place when we can give God our undivided attention, our relationship with Him does not develop.
Moses Took Time
One person who apparently understood the priority of having a regular appointment with God was Moses. In the book of Exodus, we find these words:
Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the LORD would go out to the tent of meeting, which was outside the camp. Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise up, and each would stand at his tent door, and watch Moses until he had gone into the tent. When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the LORD would speak with Moses. And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door. Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend (Exodus 33:7-11).
This is a moving picture of how seriously Moses treated his time alone with God. He met with God in a place that was actually called the "tent of meeting." Do you have such a place? Do you have a building or a room or a location that you can refer to as your "tent of meeting?" A place where you are all alone and can meet with God? There is nothing that will cultivate our relationship with God better than having a regular time and place to meet with Him.
More than One Encounter
The truth is there is no short cut to spiritual growth and maturity. Nobody creates a close relationship with another person in just one encounter. It takes numerous hours of talking and listening to really get to know someone. The same is true with God. It takes repeated encounters with God, through His Word, to fully grasp how much He loves us and how important it was to Him to rescue us through His Son, Jesus.
Our knowledge of God's love and his plans for our lives will never be discovered in "fast-lane" of a crazy schedule. We can't text our way to a closer relationship with God. Like Moses, we must have a place, without distractions, to meet with God.
When Daniel was in Babylon, he had a room where he got alone three times per day and prayed to God. This was his "tent of meeting." Jesus often withdrew to lonely places just to pray. The demands and pace of life can leave our souls exhausted. When we constantly live our lives at a frantic pace, we lose touch with God, family members, and even ourselves. To restore balance and sanity in your life I highly recommend that you set up a “meeting with God.”
You Have a Friend
God's Word promises that He is always aware of us. God is always interested in us. He has a love for us that is never stopping, never giving up, unending, always and forever. Set up a meeting with God and take an open Bible with you. Give God a chance to wrap His arms around you and remind you that He loves you for yourself and values your love more than anything else in the world.
God wants to meet with you. Turn off your cell phone, get rid of every distraction, and make an appointment with God. Like Moses, you’ll hear God’s voice and sense that you were talking with a close friend.
Author:Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com
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