I admit it – I don’t always feel like spending time with God. Considering God is pure love, joy, and peace, it’s ludicrous for me to feel that way, but I honestly do at times.
I have learned that whenever I feel resistant to spending time with God, I actually need a double dose of “God time.” For whatever reason, my soul is feeling depleted, and this manifests as feeling resistant to spending time with God. The antidote to that feeling is doubling up on my time with God. The more I “drink God in,” the more fully His love, joy, and peace fill me to overflowing. As a result, the thought of spending time with God becomes more appealing.
It’s counterintuitive that spending less time with God would make you less “thirsty” for Him, but that’s exactly what can happen if you following your feelings. The less you “drink in” God, the less natural desire you will feel. I don’t know why … only that it’s true. Conversely, when you have the opportunity to saturate yourself with God, such as by attending a Joyce Meyer conference for the weekend, you wish you could never leave!
My own personal formula when I feel resistant to spending time with God is to double up. If I usually spend an hour with God in the morning, then I’ll add a second hour. Instead of singing 4 praise & worship songs, I’ll sing 8. Instead of praying for 10 minutes out of Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds, I’ll pray for 20 minutes. If I planned to study one chapter of the Bible, I’ll study two. I’ll give God a double portion, and then He will bless me with a double portion of Himself.
One of the most challenging parts of the Christian life for me is choosing to do what God tells me to do regardless of how I feel. When I don’t feel well physically, am struggling emotionally, or am simply feeling tired, I am susceptible to resisting spending time with God. However, I always feels better when I push through that resistance and drink deeply from the well of God’s love, joy, and peace.
[Graphic: Cartoon standing by a tree with “Me + U 4ever” carved into it. Courtesy Bitmoji.]