- Do you feel guilty?
- Think it’s expected of you?
- Want to impress God with your obedience?
- Trying to reassure God He chose well when He adopted you as a child?
- Want to set an example for your husband or children?
I could put a checkmark next to each one of those reasons, and plenty more; but they won’t keep us motivated in the long run, because they all miss the point. God doesn't want us to spend time with Him to fulfill a duty or make Him feel better. God wants us to spend time with Him because in His presence we discover the fullness of joy and we become transformed into the very people He created us to be.
Being consistent in our quiet time helps us
- discover life as God meant us to live,
- experience the depths of intimacy with Him,
- grow in our love and knowledge of Him, and
- walk in step with His Spirit inside us.
In other words, the reason God wants us to be consistent in our quiet time is to find more joy and satisfaction in life with Him. If our motivation is anything less than that, we will soon abandon our good intentions and lapse back into complacency. As one theologian says, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” His glory and our enjoyment of Him are intertwined.
David says, “Earnestly I seek you. My soul thirsts for you” (Psalm 63:1). And later “Because your love is better than life, my lips will praise you” (Psalm 63:3). And elsewhere: “In your presence is fullness of joy. At your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11). What David writes about isn’t a stale exercise in religion; it’s the rich, abundant, satisfying reality of God’s own presence.
If this sounds too good to be true, I encourage you to talk to God about it. Ask Him if it’s possible to experience this kind of joy, intimacy, and purpose in life. And He will gladly and tenderly show you the fullness of joy found at the feet of Jesus today and every day.