“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” – Galatians 6:9
I have some things I’m working on for the Chozeh by Grace such as; marketing and branding, connecting with other people, creating new products… to say the least, I’m working very hard. I have been waking up every morning at 6am and going to bed around 11pm/12am… sometimes even later. My focus was to knock out everything on my to-do list so that Chozeh by Grace and the other teams that I’m apart of will be successful and well ahead of schedule.
Well, there was one problem with my plan. Prior to advancing and moving forward, I would wake up every morning at 6am. My time spent in the shower and the time I spent driving to work was my personal and intimate time with the Lord. I would sing songs, pray, listen to old sermons and pray some more. However, when my life got “busy,” slowly but surely my intimate time with the Lord began to dissipate.
Christ is my foundation. When he moves, I have to move and if I don’t, I’ve learned from previous experiences that frustration and chaos is knocking at my door from sunrise to sundown. Over the years, I have been getting a better understanding of this but this time was different. God didn’t move. I knew for a fact, that he put these desires in my heart to get things done.
So, what was it? God didn’t move… I did. I changed my posture. God gave me those desires but he still wanted me to seek him. My ambition to get things done should not have replaced/compromise my intimate time with him.
When my posture changed from seeking his face, to just getting things done, I started to grow weary. Galatians 6:9 (above), is my keynote scripture because so many times that scripture is used in reference to someone in a storm. It’s used to target the people who have been experiencing bad times. However, I wasn’t in a storm at that present moment nor was it the enemy attacking me every side.
In fact I was doing things for ministry. I was doing things that would bring God glory but I was feeling burned out. I was growing weary and ready to faint. I even told God, I don’t want to do it anymore. I would rather go back to my old place of comfort than to do anything else. Since starting this blog, I have had so many spiritual attacks and it didn’t seem worth it or fair. After having my monologue with God, I soon realized he wasn’t going to let me off that easy. So, I said to him, “Ok God, give me seven days of rest and it’s just going to be you and I, no work.”
How many times do we tell God what we are going to do and he changes our plan back to his plan? The 1st day of my seven days, God was telling me to get this and that done. I kind of got upset because here I am, already weary but he’s telling me to work? No, God… absolutely not!
Well… let’s just say, I ended up being obedient. As the days went by, I found myself getting even more things done than before. Even though I was doing more, I realized that I was feeling refreshed and restored. What was the difference maker? I was back seeking the face of God. The holy spirit began to speak and teach me that, it wasn’t what I was doing that was causing the burn out. I was doing good work but I didn’t take the time to come back and get replenished. I moved from underneath my covering.
God enjoys our company. He loves when we set time out just for him. My morning time of prayers, praise and worship is valuable in God’s sight. My intimate time with him released his protection, strength, restoration, peace, and joy over me each and everyday. It is what made me spiritually healthy so that, when things would come to me throughout the day, I would respond correctly. I would be able to behave the way Jesus would want me to. (DISCLAIMER: We all have flaws and will fall short. We are all human and it doesn’t mean we will always behave like Jesus or respond like him. However, he teaches us how to be more Christ like in his presence.) Intimacy with God is vital to my (and yours) well-being and without it I (you) can’t survive.
In my conclusion, I will leave you with this, God gives us desires, assignments, and strategies. His desire for us is to prosper and walk in our divine calling. However, our ambition, desires or works should never replace our intimate time with God. God comes first (ALWAYS!). In order to remain a healthy you, you first must be in fellowship with your creator (God).
It is possible to advance and still have intimate time with God but you have to create that time. If you are doing the work of the Lord, than that is even more of a reason for you to seek his face. How can you advance without knowing the blueprint for what you are building? We get wisdom, understanding and revelation in our intimate time with him. We can’t get that on our own and quite frankly, we don’t have the fortitude or strength to complete our God given assignment if we aren’t operating in his strength. He releases that over us when we are seeking him. Your works can’t purchase those ingredients.
In order to be a healthy you, one of the key ingredients is intimacy with God. Like I said before, It is vital for your survival.