In Our Devotions Attitude Matters

Are there some things you may need to change about how you spend your devotion time with God?

Psalm 46:10 “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.”

Quiet time, personal devotion, meditating on the word, no matter what you call it, I’ve noticed a greater need personally to be in God’s presence lately. Intimacy with God tends to be more organic when we go through new struggles and experiences. But sometimes I see myself approaching God without a reverence for who He is and my desperate need for His truth.

Psalm 63:1 says, “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you.”

This scripture caused me to evaluate not only meditating on God’s word but why I do it. I think God is just as interested in why we do something as much as He’s interested in what we do.

How can we discover what God’s will is and what he wants us to do?

As we prepare for our personal devotion with God, I think it’s important to check our motivation. If I’m honest, sometimes I come to God because I’m seeking a specific answer, but Psalm 63 says, “earnestly I will seek you.” That’s when I know I need to check my motivation. I need to set aside my agenda and ask the question, “What are you saying to me through your word.” I can’t do this if I’m trying to direct the outcome of our time together.

If having the right heart attitude is important to God, it needs to be important to us. I love what God told the prophet Samuel about choosing one of Jesse’s boys to be the next king.1 Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Next time you sit down, getting ready for your devotion, try being still and knowing who you are preparing to meet with. This is the King of kings, who has complete authority and power. Come to Him in humility, listening more than speaking. “Lord, what are you to my spirit?”

Pastor Matthew