It has been a great week of being very deliberate to think about how I spend time investing in my relationship with God. Seven posts in seven days was never my intent on this blog, but It has been very productive in my own walk. An unplanned benefit of writing these posts is that I got to double dip – writing the posts the night before and having the meditation time in the morning.
I wanted to share a final thought about the idea of routine in personal worship: as soon as the focus shifts from the relationship with God the routine itself, it’s time to change up the routine. Even the sabbath – the day of rest that God first gave us as a routine to stay connected with Him – is clearly intended to be primarily about people, not law and structure. The Gospel of Mark tells us how Christ addressed this:
And it happened that He was passing through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples began to make their way along while picking the heads of grain. The Pharisees were saying to Him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” And He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions became hungry; how he entered the house of God in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the consecrated bread, which is not lawful for anyone to eat except the priests, and he also gave it to those who were with him?” Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. “So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:24-28
My stretching, breathing and focus techniques that are all part of my meditation time sever no purpose if they are not leading to a healthier me and a closer walk with God. There have actually been times that I was getting stressed out over my routine being interrupted and had to remind myself of this truth! I had begun to sever the Sabbath rather than walk with “The Lord of the Sabbath.” Rather counterproductive!
We serve a great God and it is such a privilege get be able to sit in His presence each and every day!