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Listen while you read: "Blest Are The Pure In Heart"1 (Lyrics)
When the smell wafts through every crevice of our home and finally passes under my nostrils, my mouth waters.
Fried chicken … southern style. There's nothing like it. My wife knows how to season it just right. I could eat it every day. From a good health standpoint, I understand that it's probably not beneficial for me. The grease clogs my arteries, and the skin houses enough fat and grease to do a magnificent clogging job. But I savour the flavour and taste, and I plan to keep eating it on every occasion when I can wrap my mouth around a juicy piece of it. Some things are worth dying for.
But one thing I savour more than fried chicken is my time with God.
Psalm 34:8 – Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! (NLT)
Time with God doesn't just happen. It must be planned and purposed. Even in my years of rebellion, I made time for Him. I read my Bible and prayed regularly. I didn't necessarily enjoy the time as much as I could have, but I squeezed God in. Just as frying up a pan of crispy chicken requires effort, making time for God does as well.
Not all habits are unhealthy or destructive. Spending time with the Saviour is one which is healthy and productive. The reason that I've been able to maintain consistency in savouring my time with the Father is because my parents taught me to make it a habit. Habits happen regularly.
When my spirit is on good terms with God, I always relish my time with Him more. This enjoyment makes me want to come back again and again … every day … and all throughout each day.
Are you savouring time with God? If not, ask Him to reveal what's preventing you from seeking and enjoying time with Him.
Prayer: Lord of heaven and earth, draw us into a daily, consistent, and enjoyable time with You. May we savour Your presence in our life. Amen.