Leftovers are commonplace around our home. Sometimes I purposely make something once only to serve it twice (this is actually an excellent concept and something I will share more about later). Sometimes our days get crazy and leftover roast happens to be the best option for that particular evening. Most of the time when this happens it is due to poor planning on my part which is part of my lack of organization. At any rate, it's not necessarily something we always want to do, but when it gets down to the wire and there's a hungry family to be fed...inevitably we must do it. It's not the best, but second best.
I feel as if this is the way I am with God sometimes. He gets the leftovers. My day starts off unprepared and throughout the day things will get hectic and before I know it, I'm crashing into bed exhausted. That's when I get still and realize that once again, I've neglected God. So now I'm laying there thinking of the quiet time I didn't do and the prayers that didn't happen, with the exception of meals and family worship and wondering once again how this happened. God is getting my leftovers. He is getting my attention after the day is spent. My energy is gone and I'm barely able to hold my eyes open and there I lay trying to spend time with God. God does not want our leftovers. He wants our best.
These scriptures came to mind as I was thinking on this particular post:
Pro 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Pro 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Pro 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Pro 3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
How can I expect God to bless my day, my goings and my comings if I don't give Him the time He deserves. It says "in all thy ways acknowledge him". God also tells us in James 5 that the "fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much".
I don't ever want God to be second best in my life. God has promised us so much in scripture that I sometimes wonder how I can manage to get through an entire day without prayer and reading my Bible. I really do admire those of you who manage to do this regularly. I don't want my time with God to be mechanical, something that must be done at such and such time every day (I'm not saying that this is wrong, I'm talking more about a frame of mind). I want my time with God to be meaningful. I don't want to do this because I HAVE to. I want to do this because I want to grow in God's unmerited grace and wonderful mercy.
Speaking of mercy...aren't you thankful His mercies are new every day? :)
Have a blessed Lord's Day!