Have you ever had a revelation that totally debunked a lie that you were believing? One of my favorite parts of being a parent is how much it sheds light on my relationship with God.
One of the recent revelations I’ve had came when I realized that it had been several days since the last time I had quality time with God. The lie started speaking up right away saying things like, “Well you can’t just go spend time with Him now, you need to make it up to Him. You have to set aside X amount of time so that you can really apologies right and show your remorse. Oh and make sure you get your life together so this doesn’t happen again!”
Then I had the thought of Wyatt, my son, saying to me in his baby gibberish “No dad, I can’t spend time with you right now because it’s been several days since we’ve had one on one time and I’m just NOT worthy enough to be in your presence right now and have your undivided attention. Let me first go over to the corner and mope and feel guilty for about an hour. Then, once I’ve bathed myself in shame, guilt and thoughts of inadequacy, I will be cleansed and can sit in your loving lap.”
Many people would say that one of the leading causes of not spending more time with God is because of the perceived guilt and shame that are associated with connecting with Him. It’s not the lack of desire or the lack of time, but simply a lie in us that says, “you better get your best apology ready because that’s what He is expecting.” Whether its for the sin that you have been struggling with or just the fact that it’s been X amount of time since you’ve had personal time with Him, we allow the lie of guilt and shame to hinder us from giving Him our attention.
The reality is, even if you have spent quality time with Him everyday for the last 50 years, and you have overcome all the sin in your life, you’re still not worthy in yourself to be in His presence. It’s as if we’re saying, “I can’t go to God because of my need for Him.” When the reality is, God knows our need for Him and that we’re unworthy and therefore made the way for us to enter His presence. It’s like a sick person saying, “I can’t go to the doctor because I’m sick.” which we know of course is an absurd statement.
We all know that it takes discipline to spend quality time with our Father and that there are enough hindrances and distractions pulling us away from one on one time with Him. Guilt and shame don’t need to be another hindrance because they have been dealt with through the cross. So tell the lie to shut up and go spend some time with your Daddy.