Trying to get kids in routine requires diligence, I’m learning. If you are consistent, they’ll eventually become so too. If you aren’t, it’ll be hard to get them to pick up again after a halted routine.
I have been trying to get my seven year old and four year old cousins to say short prayers in the morning while they have their baths. I typically make them repeat after me, at least for now till they get used to it. I believe strongly that we have to give kids a consciousness of Jesus from childhood even the more now that the atheism movement seems to be growing rapidly .
So, the first and second days went quite well ; there was no restriction from them in any way. Around the third day, I think, I woke up late which means I bathed them late. I was unhappy about waking up late and also about some other unresolved issues I was nursing in my mind. They were cranky too; didn’t want to wake up and all. As I started bathing the first one, I decided that I was too unsettled to make them say the prayers. But Just when I decided to close the matter in my heart, I remembered what God had been dealing with me on the past weeks. I remembered how He had pointed out in many ways that my feelings have too often been a hindrance to my relationship with Him, and I heard Him ask, “Do you want to transfer your issues to this innocent kid’s budding relationship with me?”
Immediately, I said the prayer with them.
But, I haven’t stopped thinking of how much I have missed just because I’ve let my feelings get in the way repeatedly. The times when I didn’t believe God still loved me because I hadn’t prayed in days. The times when I missed one day’s devotion and felt like God couldn’t lead me throughout that day. Even more often, the times when I faltered and felt that was the end of it, felt God had turned His back on me.
Like I could earn God by my goodness.
See, it is beautiful to connect with God, emotionally. But it is best to connect with your spirit. Many of us who are quite emotional have taken away the truth about God and replaced it with
emotional suggestions about who God is. We have brought down God to the level of a mere friend who is hurt and will not show up for us when we are not faithful. We have reduced God to a wavering being who we can make happy by our good deeds and so we shy away, thinking God is mad at us when we’ve been bad.
Darling, let God and His word be true And Your Feelings, a lie. When He sees you, He doesn’t see you for you, for what you are or are not, for your flaws or flawlessness, He sees Jesus. We have to get this truth. He sees Jesus who took our place, who is righteousness and whose righteousness we now have. So yes, the eyes of God are too holy to behold iniquity but when Abba sees you, He isn’t seeing iniquity, the blood of Jesus already took care of that. He sees you in Jesus, cleaned and perfected.
That we do not feel God is still with us after we have faltered doesn’t mean He isn’t. How good or how bad we’ve been is totally inconsequential. We could never earn the presence of Almighty Yahweh. If even we were the most moral and religious, Christianity would still be based on grace and nothing we’ve done.
We also need to grow from this feel – good idea we have about God and His presence. This idea we have that for God to be in our midst, we must feel a certain way and have some notable physical experience. I used to be there too, used to get bored of my prayer time when I didn’t feel like God’s presence was present. On some occasions, I’d stop the prayer entirely and think the reason I wasn’t ‘feeling’ God was because of a ‘sin’ I had committed.
But, let God be true And our Feelings a lie.
I will never leave you nor forsake you. That’s what He said. We better believe it. He is with us when we don’t feel He is, when our emotions tell us the opposite. He is with us when the Bible study seems Rhema-less, when the praying in the spirit seems powerless. He is with us when we can’t hear the soothing sound of His voice. He is with us till the end of times.
I am learning to get up and pray when I don’t feel like, to write a blog post when I don’t feel like. This Christianity, it’s a journey of conforming to the image of Christ, of dieing to flesh, to our feelings completely. As I write this, God is still highlighting areas in my life where I must stop obeying my feelings. As you read, I believe God is doing the same to you too. Please heed Him. Let’s work with the Holy spirit till we truly live above our feelings.
God loves you so much !