The trouble we can get in to when we have such a structured life is that sometimes we can put God into a particular day.
Reference: v.7 Impress them (the Lord's commandments) on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (NIV Bible)
Explore: Certain days of my week bring particular activities. Saturday is usually the day I get to sleep in; Tuesday is usually the day I start working on my sermon; Wednesday is usually the day I work in Preston; Sunday is usually the day I will join with others in corporate worship. Each day has it's own agenda. Sometimes those days may change if I have additional meetings or appointments, but generally my life is fairly structured.
The trouble we can get in to when we have such a structured life is that sometimes we can put God into a particular day. If we're really bound by our routines we may even place God in to a specific time slot. We are diligent in placing our "God time" on a Sunday morning at church and then on Wednesday night at small group. Tick, all "God time" covered. And if we really want to pave that path to Heaven we may even volunteer one night a week for an outreach program, but that's if we really extend ourselves!
Application: God has never confined himself to a particular day a week. When we cry out to God through our prayers one night He doesn't respond with, "Sorry, I clocked off 3 hours ago!" When we seek direction and guidance during a difficult meeting He doesn't say, "Bad luck, I only work Sundays." God is truly faithful to us. He promises to never leave us or forsake us, and He never breaks His promises. And so how do we respond to our ever-faithful Heavenly Father? Do we stick to our set allocation of "God-time", fitting it in to a few slots during our busy week? That's not quite what God had in mind when He encourages us to follow Him. We are to worship and follow God 24/7. When we're at home, we're to worship God. When we're with our mates, at work, or on the sporting field, we're to worship God. As our alarm goes off in the morning until our head hits the pillow at night, we are to worship God. Worshipping God is not an activity we set aside for a particuar day of the week. It's a changed lifestyle.
Prayer: Lord, you never leave us and yet we get so preoccupied with all the other things happening in our lives. May we always look to you, in all areas of our life. Amen.
When do you find it hardest to worship God?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.