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Sometimes I wonder just who is my audience for these. I do not write these just for anybody. I think I write these mainly for the Church and those who feel the tug of God talking to their hearts. Not everyone will “get” or understand these. Not everyone recognizes the God of the Bible, nor do they make time for Him. And, that is the ‘rub’ of it: making time for Him.
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At year end there is the usual reflections on the year just past and hope projected to the year upcoming. It has become tradition to lament the failures of the year and try to recall some successes, too. I feel some reflection must also go to what we have given.
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II Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, Who are called by my Name,Will humble themselves And pray, And seek my face, and Turn from their Wicked ways, Then will I hear from Heaven And will forgive their Sin and will heal Their land.”

We must pray for our nation, our communities, our families, and especially our children and our childrens’ children – they are the ones who are going to suffer the most … if we don’t seek God.

This little note is not for everybody; yet it is. There are some that say “There is no ‘god.'” A wise man has said that it is a fool who says in their own heart there is no God. So, those that say there is no ‘god,’ research the word etymologically, historical uses, and religious applications. You will change your opinion. Everybody can benefit from this observation.

Making time for God can be a ‘religious’ practice, a duty or responsibility, performed as a daily ritual or practice. Without a relationship with the one to whom you make the habit of time devotion you may as well have only spent that time staring at a ceiling, a wall, a floor, or off into the air. Making time for God subsumes you want to develop a relationship with God. You already make that practice with those who you want as friends. You actively pursue, set aside time for, the development of a relationship with them.

You say you love God, yet you spend no time with God.

Famous quotes:
– I pray 5 times a day!
– God already knows my heart.
– We talk all of the time.
– God is only for certain days of the week, and times.
– I don’t want to put God in a box.
– Why pray, there is no one there to listen.
– My life is too full [kids, school, work, etc].
– I have more important [or fun] things to do.
– I’m not ‘religious’ like that.

Really?

“I don’t have time for this.” or “I spend a lot of time at work. It’s not appropriate in the workplace.”
– If that is you, you should stop reading here.

There are a lot of theologies out there; a lot of ways people are choosing to express their understanding of ‘god.’ I will not be discussing those. I will be discussing developing a real relationship with one who is able. So, I just cut out a lot of readers with that last sentence. How brave are you to keep reading? I am going to offend some.

Those that have not grown up in a Judeo-Christian environment do not understand how the God of the Judeo-Christian Bible [Torah and Holy Bible] permeates everything: all of the daily events [meal time prayers, night time prayers], all of the weekly events [Synagogue on Saturday or Church on Wednesday/Sunday], and holidays [too numerous to note]. There are those that have grown up in the periphery of it and have adopted some of the holidays and practices as ‘ritual’ without understanding. There are those that have grown up in it but have decided that was for when they were children and their parents / grandparents are clueless to reality of a real world so they ‘stopped’ but still practice some of the more fun parts. And some have denied there is a personage who is named God [shortened to this because His name is too long or out of respect]. But, God permeates all aspects of life for those who grew up Jewish or Christian [all variants].

Those that grew up without the Judeo-Christian education or knowledge of God as a person still have that vacuum in their lives that just seems empty. It remains a huge question mark that grows larger the more it is ignored and as one ages. Life is temporal.

People in all cultures have this curious habit of crying out to a nameless entity with the power to “Save me!” or “Help me!” It seems it is built in. We like the idea that there is someone out there beyond us that has the power to do just that. It gives us hope.

When we are sick, we like for a healing god to be around.
When somone dies, we like for a comforting god to be around for our grief and to give us a hopeful future.
When some great disastor arises, we like for a saving god to be around.
When faced with a problem, we like for a wise god to be around.
When we are short on supplies, we like for a provisioning god to be around.
When chaos is all around, we like for a peacemaking god to be around.

Yet, when we do not have any life-rocking events occurring, we do not want any god who will make requirements on us around.

In essence we say, “All is well. I have no need of you today.” Some add to that with this, “But don’t go too far, in case I need you.”

Another wise man once said, “My God, where can I go that you are not already there before me?”

Another truly wise man once said, “Seek first the rule and judgment of God before all else.”

These two wise men did not assume a god in their lives. These two wise men knew a GOD in their lives. Their GOD was not a religious practice, ritual, or habit. Their GOD was not made by their hands or created by their ancestors. Their GOD was in a personal relationship with them. And, how can we have personal relationships with any unless there be two parties in communion?

One of the big difficulties people have with Judeo-Christianity is the god of Judeo-Christianity is not distant nor unresponsive. “How can that be?” is a very popular question. They assume there is no god. The GOD who made himself known to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Samuel, David, Solomon, Daniel, Isaiah, etc assumes he is.

The God of Israel talks to his children; even if they are not 100% in alignment with him. He will even have a relationship with them; albeitly, distant. But, if we come to him, call to him, he will come to us, and develop a relationship with us. There is one major requirement: time.

Assume there is a God of Israel, if only for just a moment. Ask him one thing: time, let us spend time together. Show me how.

That is it.

“But, I don’t know what to ask or pray? What do we talk about?”

Here is a good place to start:
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who have sinned against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever.

It is simple, but start there. Meditate – think on it. Discuss it with God as you would anyone else you know.

Bring to remembrance those times that something amazingly good or miraculous happened. Ask God to show you how he was involved in those.

And if you already know that God was involved in those, ask him anyway and be sure to thank him.

The atheist, irreligious, and non-Judeo-Christian all assume there is no God. Some have taken God’s words and twisted them to their own purposes. Wherever you are in your understanding of God or your relationship with God, spend some time with him. Ask him to make himself known to you. He will.

There are several accounts in the Judeo-Christian Bible where the God of Israel has made himself known to his people: in a burning bush, a clouded mountaintop, a river bank, a clouded temple, in a furnace, in an upper room, on the road to Damascus, on an island on the Lord’s day, in a bible study, prayer meetings in Los Angelos, even the back pew of a small Nazarine church in Charleston Heights SC. You never know. Where you are could just be next place he decides to show up. Ask him to.

The worse thing that will happen is you have spent time with God, reflecting on what he has done and what he will do. The best thing that could happen is you ask him into your life. He will show you what that means through his book, the Judeo-Christian Bible, aka Holy Bible.

Make time for God. He will make time for you.

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