Time With The Lord – May 24, 2016

Ezra 7:10, For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach His statutes and rules in Israel.

For Christians, there seems to be an unspoken and assumed reality that we’re all spending quality time daily in Scripture and in prayer. Yet, if we’re honest, some of us who have been walking with the Lord for a long time, are discouraged by this unspoken and assumed reality.  Most days we’re too busy to devote part of our day to nothing but communing with God. Perhaps time with the Lord is hard because it forces us to halt. Our society today hates to be halted. We love the hurry and addictive rush of productivity. Yet, genuine flourishing in all of life is enhanced by a thousand invisible mornings that are given to God.

These quiet times, devotional times, etc. are not something for youth groups and camps. Personal time with the living Lord in prayer and reading His word are courses from which we never graduate. This time is a gift, a gift given to us in Jesus Christ to daily name, call on, and know His eternal Father as our Father. This practice was especially important to Ezra. Ezra 7:10 says, “Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach His statutes and rules in Israel.”  This verse reminds us that the doing of the Word and the right teaching of the Word are tethered to personal study of the Word.