Scripture Reading: Exodus 29:36-46
There’s nothing better than to be with someone you love, spending an extended period of time with them, day and night. Over the next ten lessons we’re going to focus on worshiping God, and what it feels to be in love with, and spend extended time with Him.
Since I first read about prayer and fasting in the Bible, I’ve tried it for various amounts of time. Why would I want to give up food to pray for a day, or five days, or ten, twenty or forty days? It’s not because I like giving up food. I don’t! But I love being with God. I’ve found that when I empty myself of the things of the world, it makes more room in my life to be filled with the things of God.
In Exodus 29:38-56, God told the Israelites to make a sacrifice to Him every day in the morning, and every day in the evening at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. There He would meet with them, and speak to them.
“This is what you are to offer on the altar regularly each day: two lambs a year old. Offer one in the morning and the other at twilight….a pleasing aroma, an offering made to the LORD by fire. For the generations to come this burnt offering is to be made regularly at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting before the LORD. There I will meet you and speak to you; there also I will meet with the Israelites, and the place will be consecrated by my glory” (Exodus 29:38-39, 41b-43).
This is why God set the Israelites free, so He could meet with them and speak to them. It’s the same reason He set you and me free, so He could meet with us and speak to us.
Thankfully, we don’t have to wait till Sunday, or any special time of the year. We can meet with God every morning and every evening. And God wants to meet with us, live with us and speak to us.
When I first became a Christian, I began a habit of setting aside time every morning and every evening to spend time with God. I would wake up early, take my Bible and a journal, and spend time with God before I went to work. Then in the evenings, I would take time to read more from the Bible, or another Christian book―something that would focus my thoughts on Him again at night.
I’ve found that whenever I’ve regularly done this over the years, it has helped me to sandwich in my day, between waking up and going to bed. I’ll get my marching orders in the morning, then recap the day again in the evening. It can be hard to keep this schedule, and there are times when I haven’t kept it up. But reading this passage has reminded me again of the value setting aside time twice a day to intentionally be with God.
A number of godly men and women over the years have made this a regular practice in their lives. Saints of the past, and saints of today, have written daily devotionals for this purpose with titles like Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening, or Joyce Meyers’ Starting Your Day Right: Devotions for Each Morning of the Year and Ending Your Day Right: Devotions for Every Evening of the Year. You can sign up at various websites on the Internet, like http://www.crosswalk.com, and receive a devotional twice a day by email.
It’s not always easy to carve out time to spend time with God. But it’s so worth it. Sacrificing this way for God is like a lucky honeymoon couple going to Hawaii for a week. They don’t get in the plane because they want to sit in a cramped seat for hours on end. They do it because when they get there, they’ll get to spend uninterrupted time with their beloved, day and night.
Take time today, and every day―even twice a day―to get away with your Beloved. He wants to meet with you and speak with you.
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