What blocks us and separates us from God?
So what does block us and separate us from God? The reading from July 17th in the book Jesus Calling, identifies “busyness” as one of the major blocks to having a personal relationship with God: “You live among people who glorify busyness; they have made time a tyrant that controls their life. Even those who know me as Savior tend to march to the tempo of the world. They have bought into the illusion that more is always better: more meetings, more programs, more activity. I have called you to follow Me on a solitary path, making time alone with me your highest priority and deepest joy…..as you walk close to Me, I can bless others through you.”
How can we get closer to God? I think that the answer is simple. If we want to get closer to a friend, then we need to spend more time with them. If we want to get closer to God, then we need to spend more time with Him. My ultimate goal is to depend upon God in every hour and in every day. The October 7th reading in the book Jesus Calling, gives us specific instructions on how to listen to God’s voice: “In order to hear My voice, you must release all your worries into My care. Entrust to Me everything that concerns you. This clears the way for you to seek My face unhindered. Let Me free you of fear that is hiding deep inside you. Sit quietly in My Presence, allowing My light to soak into you and drive out any darkness lodged within you.”
There are more blocks that prevent each of us from getting closer to God. The July 17th reading in the Twenty Four Hour A Day book communicates this powerfully: “God does not withhold His presence from you. He does not refuse to reveal more of His truth to you. He does not hold back His spirit from you. He does not withhold the strength that you need. His presence, His truth, His spirit, His strength are always immediately available to you, whenever you are fully willing to receive them. But they may be blocked off by selfishness, intellectual pride, fear, greed, and materialism. We must try to get rid of these blocks and let God’s spirit come in.”
Many of us are blocked by our fear of the future. The reading on September 17th in the book Jesus Calling, shares a solution to our fear of the future: “I did not design the human mind to figure out the future. That is beyond your capability. I crafted your mind for continual communication with Me. Bring Me all of your needs, your hopes, and fears. Commit everything into my care. Turn from the path of planning to the path of peace.”
My best days are when I am fully aware and focused on the present day and when I turn over my worries, fears, hopes and dreams to Jesus. I do not want to be blocked from Jesus, the Creator of the Universe. I am starting by making prayer and quiet time my highest priority in the morning before the world comes crashing in. I enjoy reading the Bible, the book Jesus Calling and the Twenty Four Hours A Day book. If I forget reading in the morning, I feel like something is missing and I do not feel quite right. If I can, I go back and do the readings and then I feel complete. So remember, God wants you to spend time with Him.