by John Coleman (Leadership Training School Student)
When Daniel knew the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in the upper chamber open towards Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done before. (Daniel 6:10)
There comes a point when we, as individuals, need to decide if we believe that God is worth doing the right thing for, even in the face of certain death.
Now, if we truly believe that God is as cool as we try to tell other people that He is, it should be an easy thing for us to simply stand against any and all opposition, right? Riiiiiiight. We’ve all been there, trying to stand for what we believe in, and then we get rejected or turned aside. This instantly causes us to question if we’re actually right, and can very easily lead to deep rooted doubts and/or us changing what we believe (yes, there are times when we need to change, but that’s a topic for another time). Where was I going with this?
Right. Seeking God continuously.
As is evidenced all throughout creation and the bible, God desires connection with us. And I don’t know about you, but any time I try to have one sided friendships, it ends terribly. Which leads us to...
You already know what you need to do, so do it. There's no magic trick or hack to build life patterns that cause you to seek God continuously. It's going to take intentional investment on your part. It’s going to take you choosing to wake up early to spend time with Him. It’s going to take you wanting it. I wish that this didn’t feel like such a simple concept, but truthfully, it’s not complicated.
Hey God, thank you for giving us this opportunity to seek Your face and to draw closer to You. Please stand with us against the distractions that will inevitably arise to keep us from always looking for You. In Jesus’ name, amen.