Walking in the Path of Blessing (Part 2)
“But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing” (James 1:25).
Most of life consists of routines. We get up, eat breakfast, drive off to work or school, and then drive home at night. We more or less establish our routines out of necessity. If we miss school, we will fail. If we miss work, we will get fired. Routines actually help us in many ways. Once we get used to them, we almost perform them automatically.
But we need to be careful we work God into our routines. The Christian must act decisively to rank God highest on our routine list. We need to meet with Him daily in prayer and Bible study. We need to attend church each week and not allow flimsy excuses to veer us off course. We also need to think ahead. Where do I want to be spiritually in a year and how can I get there? Some follow a Bible reading plan to complete the Bible in a year. Some join a life group and commit to faithfully attend. We all need to place God first in our life and routines.
Starting a new routine does not require much resolve or fortitude. Multitudes do it each year with New Year’s Resolutions. They establish goals, set priorities, and then begin their new routine. But routines often resemble sand castles during high tide: they do not last. We become discouraged at petty inconveniences. We promise ourselves that we’ll get back on track in a day or so. Soon, our new routines fade into life’s rearview mirror, never to reappear.
The Christian must always follow spiritual routines with great commitment and resolve. The enemy seeks to overthrow them in one fell swoop. We need God’s strength to keep our routines, so we need to ask God to help keep us moving forward. If we sense we drifted off course, we need to quickly get back on course with greater resolve to stay the course. Remember that God will not bless the life that does not follow Him. But when we place Him first, He delights to bless us and make Himself known to us (Psalm 1:1-3; Jeremiah 17:7-8).
What helps you keep a good routine? Some could benefit from a trusted Christian friend who comes alongside to hold us accountable. Others actually write out a schedule of spiritual disciplines they will follow, such as Bible study, prayer, and church attendance.
Occasionally we experience sensational events in our lives radically different from our ordinary existence. But most of life repeats itself with predictable patterns. Our challenge is to work into these routines spiritual habits that will result in greater blessing than we could have imagined.
Posted on Tue, April 12, 2016
by Sam Petitfils