It’s been a long time since I ran out of gas in my car. To be honest with you, I can’t remember the last time this happened. In fact, I’ve been driving for well over a decade now and can count the number of times I’ve had to walk to the gas station on one hand. There have been many times that I’ve come close to running out because I was too busy to stop and fill up or because I simply didn’t want to take the time to do it. The close calls were always avoided because of one simple truth: I understand that it is essential for my car to have gas if I want to get where I am going.
A friend recently challenged me with the following question: “Do you view your quiet time as an item you have to check off your list every morning or as something essential to getting you through the day.” I had to admit that I don’t believe spending time with God is essential to getting me through my day. This is something I hate to admit… but actions speak so much louder than words. How do you view your time with the Lord? Is it as important to you as filling up the gas tank in the car? Can you tell a difference between the days when you spend time with the Lord and the days when you don’t? Why is this a problem for us? What would it take to change this habit?