When I was in high school, it wasn’t uncommon for a girl to tell her boy friend that she needed some space. What girls were trying to say to guys like me was she needed time away to clear her mind. Somehow I was suffocating this relationship and freedom was necessary to let this individual breathe. Unfortunately, this conversation usually meant the beginning of the end, a nice way to say I’m breaking up with you.
Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes, James 4:14.
If you apply this concept to God, countless individuals express this with their own actions, not making time for the Lord daily. However, this assumes that people actually took time to invite God into their lives initially. As churches close down, go out of business or are forced to join another congregations to survive, it appears that Jesus is low on our priority list. Instead giving God some space to work within your heart, soul and mind, busy schedules drown out the Holy Spirit’s whisper to draw near.
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day, 2 Peter 3:8.
Last weekend I heard a local missionary speak about giving God same space. What she meant by this expression is opening your calendar to allow God to speak. Whether it’s a day, week or month, stop what you are doing and begin listening for the Holy Spirit. Sometimes I get so caught up in my own life that I ignore God completely. Christians can’t expect to spend eternity in heaven if they haven’t invested any time on earth storing up heavenly treasures. In view of this fear, get up a little earlier, stay up later or get away over the weekend to give God some space to invigorate your soul.
by Jay Mankus