This morning, I read a devotion about spending quiet time with God. I am blessed to be able to do this on a daily basis. For the past several months, I have made it a regular part of my day to spend time with God. My day doesn't feel complete until I do.
The Holy Spirit reminded me today that spending time with someone with whom you have a close relationship is important. Spending time with that person is vital to making the relationship grow. But, it should also be something you desire.
I am blessed to be married to a wonderful woman. Our relationship is important to me and so is spending time with her. It is something that I desire greatly. I love every minute that I spend with her. Nothing makes me happier in our relationship than just being with her. We don't need to be doing anything special. Just the fact that she is there with me is enough.
That is what a relationship with the Lord should be like. We should look to spend time in His presence, happy just to know He is near. Psalm 16:11 says that fullness of joy is found in the Lord's presence. I can say "Amen!" to that as it has become very true for me. I feel joy when I spend time with Him--worshiping Him, talking to Him, listening for what He has to say to me, or just sitting in His presence.
I read Matthew 6:6 today and found it to be very enlightening. Jesus says that, when our Father in heaven sees what is done in the secret place (our quiet time with Him), He rewards it openly. I have seen the truth of these words in my own life. As I have spent time in the secret place, God has rewarded me by enabling me to touch others with the thoughts He gives me. That is a true reward!
Thank You, Lord, for Your presence in my life!