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God as an Inconvenience?

In today’s society, everything has to be done fast and quick. We don’t like to wait for anything.

We are too busy to cook food at home, so we stop by a fast food restaurant for dinner.

We are in too much of a rush to get out and go inside, so we wait in line at the drive thru.

We serve and eat microwave meals because we don’t want to take time to prepare home-cooked meals.

Even though fast food tastes somewhat decent, it doesn’t compare to the taste of a good, home-cooked meal.

Think about the following home-cooked foods:

Slow roasted turkey

Rotisserie chicken

Marinated steak

Baked Lasagna

Hungry yet?

These foods all taste great, but it takes time to prepare them and get the flavor just right. It takes seasoning and spices with a little bit of heat to bring everything together.

Things that you take time with give you the best results.

The quick, fast, and in a hurry mentality has even transported itself into the church.

I saw a sign on a church recently that said “30 Minute Worship Services.” The sign was very large and it was hard to see the actual name of the church. What a marketing approach…

Now don’t get me wrong. I do understand that some people have work restrictions and other circumstances that hinder them from attending a more traditional type church service on Sundays, but this made me think about something.

We put time limits on God all the time, but it’s mostly because we believe that other things we have to do are more important.Why is that?

Here are some of the things we say:

“I would have prayed this morning, but I woke up late and I had to get to work on time.”

“I would have read my word today but I had to clean up for company coming over.”

“I would have spent quality time with God today, but time just got away from me and before I knew it, it was time to go to bed.”

Any of these sound familiar to you? They sound familiar to me!

Let’s not treat God as an inconvenience. We shouldn’t treat Him like someone that we have to squeeze into our already double-booked schedule.

For a while, I have been ending my day with God and He was getting leftovers. Now you all know that leftover food doesn’t taste as good as when it is freshly cooked!

My new goal is to start my days with God. I believe that when you start the day with God, He will give you direction and things will go a lot smoother during the course of your day.

If you are struggling with finding time for God, please join me in this new goal. If you are already doing well on this, please pray for me and others that are taking this new step forward.

 
Psalm 63:1-3 KJV

1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

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  • MOMSWEB June 22, 2009, 2:21 PM

    I admit, I did struggle with this until I practiced making worship a lifestyle. I now begin my days coated in prayer and ooooh what a difference it makes! The more time I spend with Him THROUGHOUT the day, the better my days are.

  • QueenBee June 20, 2009, 10:18 PM

    I surely can relate. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am fairly new to this blog thing. I was given advice by momsweb to start my blog after my husband had to have open heart surgery back in April.

  • dca June 20, 2009, 4:55 AM

    Great post! I just RT'd it on Twitter. Definitely convicting.

  • jennifer June 19, 2009, 10:01 PM

    Excellent point! God desires time with us to fellowship with Him as well as other believers.

    I hope that your family has a wonderful Father's Day weekend.

  • Proverbs 27:19 June 19, 2009, 7:33 AM

    Very good illustration to help grasp the point!

    My husband does not like to use drive-thrus. He says that they are very impersonal and of course he does prefer a meal cooked at home!

    It is sad that we think it's okay to give our Creator sloppy seconds and expect more from Him!

    smooches,
    Larie

  • Martha June 19, 2009, 12:56 AM

    AMEN! We were put on this earth to worship the Lord and to spread the gospel 🙂 sadly, most of us forget that and we're looking for a 'quickie' when it comes to celebrating Christ 🙁

    I'm now learning that we are the body of the church so we don't have to wait until Sunday or even Wednesday to worship the Lord. It's within us! We can be Christ led at every minute of our day 🙂 isn't that awesome?

    This is an awesome post toots!

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