'All your men are to appear before the Sovereign Lord.' Exodus 34:23 NIV
You're right up against a deadline, so your prayer time and usual Bible reading time will just have to wait. Sound familiar? We've all been there. Although we don't mean to neglect God, we worry about fitting everything in, and our time with God is often the first thing to suffer when time's tight. Truth is, it's the thing we must not give up.
Exodus 34:21 (NIV) says: 'Six days you shall labour, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the ploughing season and the harvest you must rest.' God instructed the Israelites to take a day off from work to devote to him, even during the busiest time of the year when crops needed to be gathered in before the bad weather came. Then God commanded, 'Three times a year all your men are to appear before the Sovereign Lord...no one will covet your land when you go' (Exodus 34:23-24 NIV). Three times a year the men of Israel were to go on a spiritual retreat and seek God's guidance, which would leave their families and possessions unguarded. But God promised to protect it all while they were away spending time with him.
When we stop spending time with God for something we think is more urgent or important, it shows we're trying to take control instead of trusting him. Instead, we should make God our priority.
So what now? If you're struggling with time, invite God into your deadline and ask him to help you prioritise and accomplish everything that needs to be done.
Soulfood: Josh 22-24 Lk 20:27-40 Ps 27 Pro 23:16-18,