Time with God, when’s it’s been a while!

I recently had a driving test – which I passed! (Sorry, not sorry, to keep going on about it). But in the lead up to the test I found myself pulling away from God. My Bible times got less intense, my prayers became fairly surface level and I found myself drifting. When I was working with students, even when I was a student taking exams, I often found this pattern at work.

An exam, a deadline, a high pressure event, target or opportunity is on the horizon and suddenly our walk with God gets sacrificed.

Obviously, it is best to not get to this point. (And there could be many blog posts written about how to guard against this, why it is so important and getting a better perspective) But if we do. If we find ourselves at the end of the exam – distant from God. It is so so important that we get back to the routine, habit and relationship which is most important for our very lives. We must come back to the person of Jesus. And get back to Him as quickly as possible.

The good news is:

  1. Jesus is already searching for you. There is a story in the Bible about a shepherd who realises one of his 100 sheep is missing. What does he do? He leaves the 99 and goes in search of the 1. When we walk away from God in these times, we can be certain that He is out looking for us.
  2. God’s grace is bigger than our failure! When we prioritise our exams, our tests, our deadline, over and above our relationship with God, we have made an idol of it. And that is the cold hard truth. In this life, we are explicitly told not to put anything before our love and relationship with God. Even our close family, parents and children. But the good news is, that even when we have made an idol of our work, or whatever it is, when we turn to God and confess our sin, the Bible teaches that He is faithful to forgive our sins.
  3. Finally we can have confidence in the sure fact that nothing can separate us from God. Romans 8 teaches this so clearly:

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39

Therefore, when we approach God, and it has been a while, we can come before Him ‘with boldness and confidence’. Hebrews 4:16

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