What is the most difficult of God’s commandments to keep in the 21st Century?
No, I’m not talking about the Ten that God handed down on Mt. Zion. They’re all plenty hard to keep, some harder than others, but they’re not what I’m thinking of here.
This is one of the most basic one of all, and fundamental to a relationship with Him.
Be still, and know that I am God.Psalm 46:10
These past 3 months, I’ve broken this commandment on a continual basis. We’ve moved to a new house, not a fixer-upper, but one that the previous owners had ignored for upwards of 20 years. So we’ve spent nearly every waking moment, not to mention tens of thousnds of dollars, making this house a place we can live in.
I’ve hardly had time to keep my job, let alone spend time alone with God. These priorities are backwards, I know, but I’m in survival mode here. At least that’s what I’ve told myself.
And I’ve noticed that something’s wrong.
Prayers that were second nature are now more infrequent, and often don’t happen at all. Scripture verses that used to come to mind easily are harder to retrieve.
I’ve backslidden, fallen away from the God I love. I’m not filled with the Holy Spirit each day, as I once was, and it grieves me. I’m sure it also grieves Him.
And to be brutally honest, it’s not been just the house. This slow slide started many years ago, and our present house escapades are only the latest evidence of the excessive “busyness” that I’ve allowed to rule my life for some time.
I’ve heard many people say, “If you’re too busy to spend time with God, you’re just too busy.” To that, I can only say, “Amen.”
So I’ll start with prayer, where everything starts, and ask the Holy Spirit to make it my life’s priority to read God’s word and pray. I want to be able to claim the truth of these two verses:
‘Return to me,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty.Zechariah 1:3b
For the Lord your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.2 Chronicles 30:9b
I can’t have a relationship with someone I never spend time with. And I can’t remain connected to the vine of Jesus’ love, power, wisdom and strength unless I let his Word pour into me on a regular basis. It’s all about bearing fruit, right? If it’s not, it should be.
Regardless of the condition of the earthly house I’m living in.