February: Value Your Time
I've been in Taiwan for over five months now. I'm amazed at how quickly time has passed. People frequently tell me that "time is our most precious commodity." As I become older, I understand that time is valuable and unreplaceable, so it's critical to consider who we spend it with, what we do with it, and where we do it.
A few of weeks ago, I awoke in fear. I don't remember the dream anymore, but around 2:00 a.m., I jumped out of bed and began praying. I didn't know why at the moment, but I began praying. I praised and thanked God while also calling out Jesus' name. According to Romans 8:26, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” This is exactly what I did. I began praying in tongues.
You think I've gotten wiser with age, but I was distracted by noise, and my solitary time with God was dwindling. On contemplation, the Holy Spirit awoke me that early morning. Romans 8:11 states “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” Even when my flesh is distracted by the world, his Spirit, which lives inside me, instructs my flesh to obey. I don’t even have the words to convey what I’m attempting to articulate, but I know God is good.
It's difficult to live without Him, but here I was distracted by outside noise, doubts, and concerns. According to Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Don't let distractions swallow up your solitary time with God. This explains why God is so good. His Spirit resides inside us. James 2:19 reads, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” The enemy recognizes how real God is, therefore he employs distractions to take your focus away from Him.
I was reminded to go back to my first love. Spending time with God is essential to living life. Remember that He blesses those who truly seek Him. That is why the enemy seeks to occupy your time with God. Distractions, tension, worry, and anxiety are all clear signs that you need to talk to God right away. Have faith that when you do, God's serenity and tranquility will triumph against the enemy.