James 4:7-8a – So humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you. Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you.
I had a powerful experience this morning. After two nights of going to bed at 8pm, my eyes popped wide open at 4:27. After debating for a moment as to whether or not to leave the comfort of my bed, I carefully extracted myself and went downstairs.
Candles lit, Bible in hand, journal open and pen at the ready, I was eager to spend some quality time with the Lord when He stopped me in my tracks.
Indulge me to back up a bit, if I may.
To my delight, I’ve had several projects fall in my lap at the same time. I’m leading a women’s retreat next month, and for the first time, teaching a Bible study authored by yours truly at a church other than my own. After that, several speaking engagements, along with a semi-local conference tour and two more retreats.
I’ve been researching material around the clock and writing anytime I can squeeze a moment in between wife and mom priorities. As a result, strangely, I’ve found myself drifting from God.
It’s interesting the way you can study God. I believe we see evidence of Him everywhere – in nature and in others. You can read about Him, ponder Him, analyze Him, write about Him, and talk about Him. But unless I am coming to Him on a daily, sometimes hourly basis for guidance, comfort, and companionship, I am not filled by Him.
Here in the Bible belt, it’s a popular prayer to be “filled by the Holy Spirit.” “Fill us with Your Holy Spirit, O God.” I hear it every Sunday in church, and I pray it every time I bend the knee to my Father. This morning, God showed me that I am going about it the wrong way.
Luke 6:46 – Afterward He went up into the hills by Himself to pray.
Imagine you are on a road trip, and the needle on your gas gauge is resting in the red. You know you have but a mile or two before running out of fuel. Meanwhile, every exit has a gas station. “Fill me, O Lord,” you cry out, zipping along at 70 miles per hour. (more…)