"You have searched me, Lord , and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord , know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain." Psalm 139:1-6 NIV
Let's face it, we live in a world that is constantly in motion. From the moment we wake up, to the time we lay our head to rest. For most people, life is a blur from Monday to Friday due to the shifting gears of their daily routine, and when it comes to Saturday and Sunday they wonder why the week had just "flown by" and they live life as if they are "going through the motions".
But when we live life this way, it allows the stresses and challenges in life to gain a stronghold on us. Living life through the motions is therefore dangerous, as there is no central focus on our daily lives. We end up living our lives for our jobs, daily commitments, and other miscellaneous that end up filling up our days. Through all of this we forget God and our relationship with Him. We get so caught up in living life that we end up excluding God from our daily routines without even realising it. We've all been guilty of it one way or another. Where we go days, even weeks, without praying and communicating with our heavenly Father, and it has a ripple effect on our mental stability, how we manage our emotions and how we deal with our daily challenges and struggles. That's why it is so important to include God in our daily lives. To make time, spending a moment in His presence where you can cast all your cares unto him, lay down all your burdens and free yourself from the stresses of life. When you have a routine where you give your time to God, you'll definitely start seeing a change. However, over the recent days, we have seen how quickly all of our routines can change. Due to COVID-19, we've been confined to our homes in order for the safety of ourselves and the greater public. But during unprecedented times such as these, we have the unique opportunity to realign how we go through our day-to-day lives. When we make time for God in our daily routine, we are gearing our self up for the day, and the days ahead. You'll feel more positive and optimistic because The Word of God is giving you a spiritual boost that no other motivational speaker or inspirational quote can.
That's why it is important that we remember to make the Lord part of our daily lives by making time for things such as prayer, reading The Word of God and Worship. Making God part of your daily routine is not just beneficial, but also necessary for spiritual growth. It shapes us and moulds us into the people that God wants us to be. The moment we make a conscious effort to make God part of our every day life, the Holy Spirit does a work in us every day that brings us closer to God, reveals His purpose for us in this world, and guides us on the right path of life. So during these times of self-isolation, let us utilise this time that we have and take the chance to seek the face of God and spend time in His presence. When we look at how the psalmist David describes the essence of being in God's presence, it's quite profound: "You have searched me, Lord , and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord , know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain." Psalm 139:1-6 NIV So let us all make a conscious effort to make God a part of our lives, by pleasing Him with what we do. Making sure we spend time with Him day after day during these uncertain times. For in Him is where we will find peace instead of worry and hope instead of despair.
worry and hope instead of despair.