You and I desire to have a good life, right? That’s what a good father wants for his children. It’s not any different with our Heavenly Father.
To find a good life, we have to go to the source of life…it only makes common sense, right.
Jesus told the Pharisees that they argued so much because they mistakenly thought that life was found in having a good grasp of correct theology and doctrine. I am convinced that Jesus would be saying the same thing to many Christians today…sincere Christians…that have learned to love their understanding of the Scriptures more than the actual God who inspired the Scriptures.
The Source of life (Jesus) is experienced, in His most basic essence by coming to Him as a child. Once that is established, the Spirit of the Scriptures breaths life into the Scriptures.
The song by Don Moen, “I Just Want To Be Where You Are” describes the heart of a child, and it’s most basic pulsing. That is how to approach the Father.
The child’s heart says, “Daddy, there you are. I just want to sit next to you. You don’t have to say anything unless you want to. I just want to be next to you.”
A daily relationship with the Lord of our lives starts in that same way…that simply. Imagine it for yourself, and you will learn to experience it for yourself. That simple beginning sets the tone for the day. As a child is enjoying his/her Father’s presence, He may choose to “speak” by His Spirit something to His child.
The Father’s “voice” will, most often, be a quiet impulse of desire in His child’s heart. A scripture thought my alight. An emotion may arise. A curious hunch my about something may occur that isn’t simply a mental distraction but a curiosity that leads a person deeper into understanding the heart of God. It may also come as an impulse desire to read a passage of scripture, and then study it more deeply.
When we set the ‘baseline’ of our day, for an amount of time you’ve pre-determined, it sets the course for a “good life day” whether or not all of the circumstances of that day are enjoyable. Usually, all things in anyone’s day are not without challenge. However, with the ‘baseline’ established, wisdom that comes from God is more accessible.
The point is not a segmented life where we have our “devotions” for a time in the morning and then exit to live our ‘real’ lives. The objective is to get used to experiencing the nuances of God’s presence and learn to carry that through our daily lives so that knowing His Presence (His Face) is always right there for the entrance.
I would love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to comment!