BY: DOUG EVERAARD
There are certain times when the Lord calls us out of the routine of our daily lives. These are special seasons where His only command is, “Seek my face.” He has something precious and vitally important to give us that the familiar pattern of our daily devotions cannot accommodate. During this time, people are delivered of sins that have plagued them for years. Others discover a depth in their walk with God that leads to greater effectiveness in their everyday life. Still, others experience breakthrough in their families.
The reality is that maturity starts as we break the cycle of seeking God only during hardship!
Holiness begins the moment we seek God for Himself. A touch from God is wonderful but we are in pursuit of more than just an “experience” – more than “goose bumps and tears”. We have to break the cycle of familiarity; the only way of doing this is through a daily pursuit of the Lord - a pursuit of holiness.
So, how do we enter into a pursuit of the Lord?
“Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, a good distance from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And it came about, that everyone who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting which was outside the camp.” – Exodus 33:7
Notice that everyone who pursued God would leave the camp. But, what camp is this?
For Moses, the Israelites, as well as for us, it is the camp of familiarity.
There is nothing wrong or sinful with the things that are familiar in themselves. But remember that when Jesus told His disciples to follow Him, He called them to leave the familiar pattern of their lives for extended periods and be alone with Him (Matt. 19:27). He knew that men, by nature, are unconsciously governed by the familiar. Jesus wants to rescue us from the temporary stuff of life so that we can be in a position to receive what is eternal. God has given everyone enough time to seek Him. It is there. Those who find God, find time.
I want to challenge you in whatever season you may be in to find time with God. Don’t just make more time to study for your sermon prep, but really rest in who He is.