In my Christian life many times I find myself going through the day in all it’s busyness and at the end of the day I realize I hadn’t really connected with God. Even when I do have morning devotional time, the moments with God are sometimes limited to that hour (or 10-15 minutes depending on my schedule) in the morning. But the rest of the day is business as usual. Then I come to the end of the day and wonder why I hadn’t talked to God in several hours.
When the stress of the day rises, when personalities clash, when bills come, when decisions are made, many times we fail to connect with God at the moment and handle these things on our own. But there are many benefits to seeking God on a moment by moment basis throughout the day.
Seek God for Joy
One benefit of seeking God that we will always have is the joy of knowing He is right here with us. Psalms 16:11 states, “In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” (NASB) So during the day, when we are going through our plans and activities, knowing that God is there brings us Joy. He is our best friend. He brings relief and joy into situations that would otherwise be difficult. When the child is crying, when demands pursue, when time is limited, acknowledging that God is there available for us relieves some of the stress and replaces it with Joy because we know he will care for us.
Seek God for Wisdom
Moments will come when we have a decision to make. I find myself making the decision based upon my own knowledge or experience. Then afterwards I realize I should have asked God first because the decision I made was wrong or just because I would have liked to get His view on the subject before I proceeded. James 1:5 states, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (NIV) So here we see that in all things we should ask God, because we will never have as much wisdom as He does. He is all knowing and all wise ruler and creator of the universe. His wisdom will always outweigh ours. My desire is to remember to seek Him in all my decisions at the time of the decisions. Not wait until afterwards and ask Him to bless the decision I made without Him. This is hard for me to remember to do, but it is my desire.
Seek God for Comfort
Stress will come. It is a part of life. But God assures us in Psalm 55:22 “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (NIV) At the moment we receive bad news, the moment we stub our toe and feel the pain, if we maintain the habit of seeking God moment by moment, we will instantly feel the comfort of His presence instead of responding with another stress relief option. In my case, this would be grabbing a candy bar or some other form of sugar fix. For others it may be anger, shopping, gambling, alcohol, and the list goes on. What a benefit it is, what an improvement it would be to our lives if we seek God for comfort before anything else. It would improve the quality of our lives.
There is nothing that we need that we cannot find from God. He will lead us to the source. He will show us the way. He will bring thoughts to our mind that give us insights into our situation. Those who seek God lack no good thing.
So why don’t you join me in asking God to accompany you throughout the day, guide you in all decisions and be your comfort in all areas of stress and pain. Join me in seeking God, moment by moment, day by day.
Seek God First in all you do