Yesterday, as I was thinking of all the medical appointments we have had for Jerry these last six months (sometimes five a week), it became clear that we are constantly making appointments for the things that pertain to this life. All are to minister to our needs, as we desire wellness and what will benefit us physically. In addition to these, most calendars are filled with various appointments for children and the family, for education and amusements.
In the middle of these thoughts, I realized that the day was wearing on, and I had not had the time that I needed with the Lord. Our heavenly Father seeks those who worship Him in spirit and truth. I knew He was seeking me to come away from my busyness as a caregiver and a keeper at home, to spend time with Him.
Then I considered that if we can make appointments with everybody else, we ought to schedule more time in each day with Him.
How much time, we may ask, is needful?
Think about how much time we spend in our other appointments, whatever is required for lab work, for a doctor’s evaluation or treatment or for any other concern and relationship. We would do well to do an evaluation and comparison. Considering eternity in relation to the short time we have on this earth we should be spending more time on that which is eternal, especially with our heavenly Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ in prayer and in His Word; sometimes in quietness, waiting for Him to lead. The more time we spend with Him, the more precious it becomes, and the more natural it is to plan these times, and even spontaneously to be drawn to Him.
Consider that just as office personnel call to set up appointments for us, God has set up certain appointments for His creation.
He appointed cities of refuge (Joshua 20:2).
He appointed a place for his people (2 Samuel 7:10).
He appointed rulers, kings and the Levites for service in the temple.
He appointed prophets (Nehemiah 6:8)
He appointed the foundation of the earth (Proverbs 8:28).
He appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth (Jeremiah 33:25).
He appoints over the kingdom of men whomsoever He will (Daniel 5:21).
He appointed the end time (Daniel 11:27).
He appointed times, days and bounds (Job 14:5).
He appointed a law for Israel (Psalm 78:5).
He appointed a kingdom to the apostles (Luke 22:29).
He appointed times and bounds of men’s habitation (Acts 17:26).
He appoints our afflictions (1 Thessalonians 3:3).
He appointed His Son heir of all things (Hebrews 1:2).
We do well to set all our appointments according to His.
Gracious Father, forgive us for focusing on ourselves, appointing times and things only for ourselves, and leaving little time for you. We praise you for your Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, your Son, who finds us, and draws us to you through Him. Call us regularly for the times you want with us. Let nothing keep us from our appointed times with you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
“Well done, good and faith servant…”