- Written by Pete Phelan Pete Phelan
We have two golden retrievers who relish attention. The other morning Duffy, the younger of the two, came over and indicated that he needed more attention, and seemed to say, “What better things do you have to do today than spend some time with me?” I was busy being busy, and realized he was right, and furthermore, he was reminding me of what God asked earlier in the morning, “What better things do you have to do today than spend time with me?” Yes, Josephine Victoria “Joy” Behar, both God and our dogs converse with me on a daily basis, and they make a heck of a lot more sense than you.
The best reason for us to spend time with God is to follow biblical examples. In the Old Testament, we see God call prophets to come to Him. Moses met with God alone at the burning bush and then on Mount Sinai. David, whose many psalms reflect a confident familiarity with God, communed with Him while on the run from Saul. God's presence passed by as Elijah was in the cave. In the New Testament, Jesus spent time alone with God. Jesus actually instructed us to pray to God alone at times, “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen." (Matthew 6:6)
To rely on Jesus as our vine (John 15:1-8), we need to be directly and intimately connected to Him. Just as a branch is connected directly to the vine and, through the vine, connected to other branches, when we are connected directly to Christ, we share in a community. We must spend time alone with God and time in corporate worship for the best nourishment. Without time with God, we will find needs unmet and we will not truly know the abundant life He gives.
Spending time with God rids our minds of distraction so that we can focus on Him and hear His Word. Abiding in Him, we enjoy the intimacy to which He calls us, and we come to truly know Him.
Spending time with the dogs is almost as good.
On the inside,