For the longest time God has been putting it on my heart to set a certain time of the day aside for devotions. It has been months. And while I try to find some window of time for scripture or a good Christian-read on most days…I know in my heart that God has set an appointment with me at this particular time…and I can’t keep missing it!
While going through my devotional workbook on last week; the text talked about the relationship between a husband and a wife and how the way we speak (or choose not to speak) is a reflection of the respect that we have for our partners.
So I began to think about how my words reflect my devotion towards my significant other…and as I started taking notes, for some reason I couldn’t get past that particular word after I wrote it down…devotion….devotion. It was like the word was illuminated and lept off of the page.
While I was only thinking about devotion in terms of natural relationships God was showing me that DEVOTION…was what he wanted from me at that appointed time that he placed on my heart and not just merely doing devotionals.
Why had I never linked the word devotionals to the word devoted?
I have always thought of devotions in terms of going through a devotional-book or “devos”, reading coinciding scriptures and taking some notes if I have time…but the core of devotions is not the literature and it’s not the notes…it’s the time that you have set aside and devoted to the Father.
The word devote comes from the Latin devovere and means to “dedicate by a vow, sacrifice oneself, promise solemnly…” (Online Etymology Dictionary)
What a conviction I felt when I realized that it wasn’t simply the ritual of going through a book at whatever time of the day that I saw fit that God was asking for, but for me, his daughter to set time aside a specific for him…the King. Is that so much to ask?
I believe God wants us all to sincerely devote our lives to him and not just in a going-through-the-motions type of way.
What is God requiring of you today? If you don’t know, ask.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matt. 7:7-8
With Love Always,
On Creating Your Most Fulfilling Life