A Planting of Faith Seeds for the Glory of the LORD
Time, God, you, and surrendering…
“The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert, so that the devil could test him. After Jesus had gone without eating for forty days and nights, he was very hungry. Then the devil came to him and said, “If you are God’s Son, tell these stones to turn into bread.” Jesus answered, “The Scriptures say: ‘No one can live only on food. People need every word that God has spoken.’ ”” (Matthew 4:1–4, CEV)
Jesus had gone 40 days and nights without eating and he was very hungry. In my opinion and from my own experience with food that is a huge understatement! If that had been me the Holy Spirit would have needed to drag me out of the wilderness.
Normally we would think Jesus was at the weakest point in his life second only to his hours on the cross. However, Jesus had been alone with God fasting and praying for 40 days and nights while he may have been physically weak he was definitely not weak spiritually! You can’t spend that much time focusing on God praying and fasting and be a spiritual weakling.
While it may be impossible for you and I to spend 40 days and nights alone with God praying and fasting there is one point we cannot and must not forget time isn’t a problem for God. “Dear friends, don’t forget that for the Lord one day is the same as a thousand years, and a thousand years is the same as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8, CEV)
Another way of looking at what Peter was saying is if God needs to he can cram a 1000 years into 1 day that breaks down to about God putting nearly 42.7 years into every hour. Because we are time bound and time mindful that may be hard for us to understand but I’ve discovered when SURRENDERING time to God we are on his “turf” subject to presence of the Timeless Holy Spirit.
Of course spending time with God is a great deal more than just bowing our heads and saying something like, “Here I am God bless me.” Please note the emphasis I placed on surrendering. Surrendering to God is not holding up a white flag surrendering to an enemy, surrendering to God is “laying all our cards” in Jesus’ empty tomb and praying, fasting, and listening to God.
It’s the quality of time with God not the quantity that really matters. Therefore grab your bible, find a nice quiet spot, turn on some inspirational music, turn your thoughts to God read, pray, worship, listen, and be blessed.
Believe it! Experience it!
Grace and PEACE!
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“Turn to the Lord! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6, CEV)
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Scripture marked CEV are taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.