The Lord says, “These people come to honor me with words, but I am not really important to them. [Isaiah 29:13a (ERV)]
Many of us use the calendars on our computers or Smartphones; they make it especially easy when there is a recurring event. Just put in an occasion and tell it to repeat every day, week, month, or year for as long as you want. Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, yoga class, tennis lessons, Bible study, the hair salon or pet groomer—we just enter the activity and there it is on the calendar. We can even have it notify us of the day’s events; we just look at our phones or computers and there’s the reminder of something we need to do, somewhere we must go, or someone we should remember that day.
Are we ever so diligent about scheduling God into our lives? Does He have a recurring daily appointment scheduled? He should; it should the first and most important engagement of the day, each and every day.
Scheduling an appointment, however, doesn’t always mean it is kept. Things come up, plans change and appointments are broken. Many professionals like doctors, lawyers, and personal trainers often charge when we don’t show for an appointment. Others, like daycare, may charge extra when we’re not on time. Since money is a real incentive for most of us, we’ll be there right on schedule. God, however, doesn’t charge a fee if we skip our time with him.
Moreover, for what the lawyer, physician, or trainer charges per hour, we’re usually attentive to whatever it is they have to say. I’m not nearly as attentive at my God appointments. When I check my in-box for the day’s Bible verses and meditations, my attention can be diverted to other, more inviting, emails (like news from the kids or humor from a friend). Once I start my Bible reading, I often want to research something using on-line resources. That can lead to all sorts of interesting information that has nothing to do with the topic at hand. It’s not so much that I’ve wasted the time I scheduled—it’s just that God is no longer at the front and center of our appointment. Pretty soon, breakfast and the day’s activities call. I promise to get back to Him later, but that rarely happens. Of course, I’ll spend time during the day writing my devotions, but that is doing a task for Him, not spending time with Him.
What’s on your calendar? With whom should you make an appointment today?