Let God alone fill your cup.
by Amanda Mauchly
We say, ‘We’re too Busy’, but are we just Distracted?
When was the last time you read your Bible and met with Jesus, Mama? When was the last time you felt the joy of the Lord, felt His nearness so close you almost felt afraid, or wept over the Word?
I know you’re tired and I know it’s early but aren’t you hungry?
God’s Words are life us, so why don’t you stop scrolling and go open your Bible? Not so you can check it off your to do list but so you can meet with Jesus. Can you feel God longing for you? He’s waiting to spend time with you.
It doesn’t have to be extravagant, try reading just a chapter or one single verse. He will satisfy you with His love, His Word will give you life, and His closeness will fill that hunger. He loves you so much.
We say that we’re “too busy” but are we really just distracted? How sad would it be to tell God to His face that the reason we didn’t spend time with Him, was because we were “too busy”. I believe He might say: If you had time to spend on social media, you had time for Me.
What we need is a change of perspective. The false comfort we receive from social media pales in comparison to the comfort the Father so eagerly wants to give us. But only we can make the decision to silence the distractions.
I discovered some shocking statistics that have left me incredibly convicted.
Only 19% of church-going Christians read their bibles everyday. And yet, the average American spends 2-3 hours on social media a day. Our lack of bible reading is not due to lack of time. Our lack of bible reading has to do with how we want to spend our time.
“One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time”– John Piper.
I used to think that my time was my own, but the Lord reminds us that it’s not and that in fact we will give account for everything we say and do.
“You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.” (1 Cor. 6:19b-20a)
“So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:12)
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
These truths aren’t to condemn or shame but to challenge and inspire. I say this to provoke others because there is a lasting joy in knowing Jesus! It breaks my heart that the pleasures of this life can keep us from the pleasures of knowing Him. So let’s do it, Mama. Let’s know Him on this side so that when we meet Him face-to-face we recognize the color of His eyes, the way He smiles and the tenderness of His voice. Would He be familiar to us.
Today is a new day— get in the Word, listen to a sermon, put your phone in a drawer, get on the floor with your kids, get quiet… And let God alone fill your cup.
Amanda lives in Colorado with her husband and three children. She is a full-time mom who is passionate about touching the deep things of God with her children. She deeply believes that to know God is to love Him and it’s her greatest heart’s desire that her children would know Him.
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