This is not the first time I’ve used this devotion, but I love it! So I use it from time to time. I hope you enjoy it as well.
ARE YOU PUTTING GOD IN A CAGE?
James 4: 8 (NLT)
“Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you.”
Friends told me this story of a rescued dog long ago, but I’ve never forgotten it. The dog’s owners decided to use cage training to housebreak their young puppy. Cage training consists of having the puppy spend time in his cage until he figures out where to go potty and where not to.
Unfortunately, the owners missed the point. They brought their young puppy home and, as expected, the puppy soon had an accident. His owners punished him by putting him in the cage. With each accident, they would punish him by keeping him the cage for longer periods. Naturally, the dog would have another accident in the cage and so the cycle went.
Eventually, the dog was in the cage for several days at a time without food or water. The owners didn’t understand why the dog had turned mean.
Dogs are great pets when they are loved and nurtured. The more time we spend with them the stronger the bond becomes. The key to any relationship is the time, attention and effort given. That holds true for relationships with animals, people, and God.
The more time and effort we put into a relationship the more we receive.
What about our relationship with God?
Do we treat Him in a way that we wouldn’t treat a dog? Do we take God out of the cage on Sundays for a few hours and then stick Him back in until the next Sunday? We may even have good intentions but…life can get so busy.
I know that happens to me more often than I care to admit. I have good intentions to spend time with God but then life happens. Before I know it, I begin to lose my patience, my joy, and my peace. That’s when I know it’s time to draw near to God and He’s always there waiting.
Don’t cheat yourself out of a loving relationship with God because you think you don’t have time. There is no right or wrong way to spend time with God. Here are a few of my favorite ways to spend time with God:
While you do your chores, listen to praise music.
Pray whenever the mood hits.
Start writing a list of what you are grateful to God for–big and little things.
Rent a Biblical movie.
Put index cards and a pen by your Bible. Write out verses that are meaningful.
Sing your favorite hymn–even if your husband doesn‘t like your singing.
Reflect on God’s goodness as you notice His beautiful handiwork.
As you fall asleep, end your day with a pray of praise and thanksgiving.
Be creative, be flexible, and enjoy your time with God. The more time you spend with him, the more peace and joy you will experience. As you reap the benefits of spending time with God, you will soon find yourself craving more time with Him. He’s here right this moment–waiting for you.
What’s one of the ways you enjoy spending time with God?
UNTIL NEXT TIME…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!
I do pretty well in keeping God around, and it may be because I’m a Buddhist…and a Christian.
Not a contradiction. Buddhism is not intended to be a religion, and one is not supposed to ‘worship’ Buddha, any more than one should worship the guy who wrote “Your Erroneous Zones”. Buddhism is a way of life, a way to focus on the present, and on the link between the temporal and the transcendent.
God hangs out here all the time. And I liked the dog analogy…we run a sanctuary for abused Pit Bulls, and have 25.
Mealtime is a bit loud, and NONE of them like rain or snow or wind or… Pit Bulls complain about small things more than any other breed.