“Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him.” James Hudson Taylor, Missionary –

How often we set out on our day, pursuing our own agendas, and quite forgetting to spend time with the Lord. Perhaps we intend to have our quiet time with God later in the day. Yet time gets away from us and life’s distractions take over.

Or we may feel distant from God, and thus not inclined to spend time with Him. Maybe a new sin has edged its way into our lives… or a besetting sin has taken up residence that we are having trouble evicting.

Imagine our Heavenly Father, waiting patiently each day, hoping to have time with us. He may have wonderful ideas to share with us… new revelations from His Word… His wisdom to help us with our day. Or He may just desire time to show His perfect love to us.

“Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in Thee.” – St. Augustine

We were created for God’s enjoyment. He longs for fellowship with us. When He created Adam, there was absolute oneness between God and man. No barriers existed. It was a pure and perfect relationship.

After the fall, that ideal union was broken. Adam and Eve hid from God in the Garden of Eden. Their sin separated them from their Creator. Yet God had an answer…

The Creator would enter His creation, save His people from their sins and redeem them unto Himself. Jesus opened the way for us to have an unending relationship with both Father and Son.

“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.” – A.W. Tozer

Our desire as believers is to spend eternity with God. Our time with Him each day cultivates this wondrous relationship. We come into His holy presence and share our innermost thoughts, dreams and even fears. He will lovingly listen, align our thoughts with His and guide us into His truth.

“The Lord’s faithful love does not cease; His compassion does not fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23

Let us then put aside all distractions and make time with God a top priority in our lives. No barriers need exist. We may have pulled away from Him, yet He never pulls away from us. When we begin in harmony with God, our day will be blessed.