Praising on the right side of the Income Statement
It wasn’t difficult to think of people I would consider to be a “man or woman of God”. But, it took a few minutes of reflection to identify what they had in common.
I mean, they have lots in common. The love the Lord. They study the bible. The are extremely generous with time and talent. But they were also unique different. Men and women, family, friends, younger and older.
I finally realized the unique attitude each of them have is their attitude toward time with God. Many people either talk about or do spend time with God. Often there can be more talking about it than doing it in some circles. But, in accounting lingo, “spending” is on the expense side of the Income Statement, and that is not how they view time with God.
It isn’t that some how their time is multiplied or changed. They have the same number of hours in their days that everyone else has. They have the same pressures, the same challenges and the same very lengthy to-do’s. Often, their to-do’s can be even longer than most because of the commitments to charity, teaching and those in need. An hour with God is one less hour in day. They don’t somehow get that hour back.
The difference is that because they first and foremost have a relationship with the Lord, the time with Him is time with a friend. Because their friend is the all powerful, everlasting, Creator, He is a friend that cares for them and provides beyond their needs. Time in the relationship keeps them connected with the one in charge and the more time with Him deepens the relationship, understanding, love, grace and power.
It is like we have seen in the Life of Moses. When major challenges came along, Moses got down on his knees. When Moses had complaints, he went to God. He walked with Him and he talked with Him, he worshiped Him and obeyed Him. He led and taught and judged and gave, not of his own strength, but of His Lord God’s.
I also thought it was interesting that Moses’ first words in these verses about God is also the first step to be on the path with God. He starts by saying “God came”. God always shows up. God is ever present. Wherever people gather in His name, God is there. But do we? Do we show up? Do you intentionally put time each day with God? Do you have a plan for study and time with the Lord this summer? Do you think of your time with Him as a time of obligation or a time of deep interaction and relationship? Is your devotional time something you look forward to checking off of your list or something you simply look forward to?
Of currently living people that I have a personal relationship with: My wife, son and daughters and future daughter in law. Fellow children’s leaders. Friends: KH, DF, KR. These people are absolute prayer warriors. I desire to be considered in this lot as well! Of others, biblical characters, apostles, pastors, missionaries, some authors
came, dawned, shone forth, with holy ones, love, worthy of praise, instructor, giver of the law, king
You love the people, King of the upright, you are the dawn, your shine forth over all the holy places