Have you heard the phrase, “daily devotional,” with reference to Christian living? Generally this phrase refers to a part of any day set aside for reading God’s Word, the Holy Bible, and praying to God. Often, it is in the morning because then the whole day balances on that point of focus.
Here is a question for you today: when you spend time devoted to God, are you focusing on him, or on the exercise of being devoted? The way to know God is by believing in Jesus Christ who is God incarnate; that is, he came to earth to die on a cross for your sin, that you are reconciled to God. After Christ died, he rose from the dead, and then ascended into heaven; some day he is coming back, too. Have you told God you believe this? He wants to hear you say it.
The next step is to learn from God by reading his Word, the Holy Bible. It isn’t just another book. It is what God says, and you can trust both God and his word totally. You already know you can’t trust people. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father but by me.” You can learn of God from his written word. In the Gospel of John we are told that Jesus Christ IS the Word made flesh and dwelt among us.
Published Christian readings or devotionals that you buy at a bookstore, or find on line, or listen to through other media may be helpful, but here is a rule of thumb about using them: does what you are reading or hearing point you to focus on Jesus Christ, on God himself? This is what God wants. If you are not pointed to him directly, then you are not getting to know him better. Just like getting to know a new friend. You can’t know that person by listening to what other people say about him or her. You have to interact personally. The Bible is God speaking personally to you.
Where do you get to know God first and best? Through Jesus Christ, through the Holy Bible, and then by speaking with him in your most private being. Most people call this you “inner chamber.” You can always meet the Lord there. If you are distracted or have difficulty meeting him, ask him to reveal himself. To each believer is given the gift of the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of God, and he lives right there inside of you to teach and help you with all things. He is praying for you and with you right now to understand these things.
When you know God, you will want to please him. Here is one way to begin: Meet him this hour in the inner chamber, and read some of his Word back to him. Let him know you are interested in knowing him better today. He will definitely make it happen. Pay attention!