I challenge you to evaluate how much room you have made for God in your life and then think of ways to devote a few extra minutes a day to purposely spend time in the Word of God.
On the surface the Shunammite woman had everything: wealth, prestige, and character. Not only did she have enough for the needs of her household, but it is evident she was generous to provide for the needs of others, as she did with the prophet Elisha. God, however, was able to see beyond the surface and knew the deep desire in her heart, the desire to have a child. He was only waiting for her to make room for his gift. The Shunammite woman is an inspiring description of what God does when we make room for Him in our world. He invades in ways that go above and beyond any of our hopes and dreams which bring blessings to us and others.
It’s the Christmas season as I sit writing this entry today. I am anticipating the reactions to the gifts to be given to our children, family, and friends. Will they enjoy the gift as much as I hope they will, or will the size or color be completely wrong? As I ponder these trivial matters my mind drifts to the true meaning of Christmas and the greatest gift human kind has ever received our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. God gave the only gift that could bring true life and relationship between us and Him.
God knew the perfect gift for each of His children. Many times I think about God’s anticipation to give us the personal gifts he has for us. Like us on Christmas day, he longs to see us open our gift. The difference between God our father and us is that He is perfect in all he does. We can and often do blow it as parents, friends, or siblings but God never does. He knows what we need or want before we ask it. So why do we need to ask? Because he loves to talk with us, of course!
I think we’ve all wondered, "Why doesn’t God answer my prayer?,""Why is my desire or need unmet?" But, perhaps the first question should be: Does my desire align with God’s heart? Our Father in heaven is too good to give us something that will bring destruction to us or to our families. To know that our desires are aligned correctly we must ask ourselves if we have “prepared a room” for the Lord to speak to us? This is not about a literal room, but the attitude of our hearts in seeking Him. We can “prepare a room” by setting aside time to read God’s word, to meditate on the word, to pray, and then to put those principles into practice in our lives? The busyness of life fights against these set aside moments for all of us. We have to be intentional about “preparing a room” to cultivate our relationship with the Lord.
I challenge you to evaluate how much room you have made for God in your life and then think of ways to devote a few extra minutes a day to purposely spend time in the Word of God. When my children were small I did this by placing a Bible in my bathroom, and over the years I have added bathroom devotionals which are only one page or less. And to this day I have a pocket-sized Bible in my car. It’s amazing how calming it is to read a few extra scriptures in the car pool line! Get creative and find ways that work for you and remember that our heavenly father wants to spend time with us and longs to give good gifts to us.
Keep your eyes on His heart for you ~