|image credit Alison Burrow from A New Creation Studio|
Clearly this slump I was in wasn't doing me any good and I realized that I hadn't been spending much time in His Word if any. No wonder I was feeling empty and far from God, I wasn't spending time with Him! Our relationship with God is like relationships here on earth, if we don't spend time together, if we aren't communicating and not listen to one another then we are bound to grow apart. I had inadvertently put my relationship with God on the side lines, I wasn't soaking in His word, I wasn't spending quality time with Him and found myself in what I now realize as a self instigated slump.
After thinking more about how I got to that point, I realized that I had made a conscious decision not to be legalistic about the time I was spending in the Word. As part of that decision I made a commitment not to spend time in His Word just for the sake of a check mark beside 'read the Bible' on my 'To Do' list. I wanted the time I spent with Him in His Word to be the desire of my heart, and I wanted that time to be quality time not just a quick read. As I've struggled through this season of emptiness I learnt a valuable lesson...even if the time I spend in the Word is planned it doesn't mean it's legalistic and it's better than not spending time in the Word at all. 'Read your Bible' has landed itself back on my 'To Do' list but I continue to be mindful of the attitude in which I approach His Word every day. If I open the Bible with the desire to have a closer relationship with Him I am on the right track because He promises that all scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching (2 Tim 3:16). So with that in mind, I'll keep it on my 'To Do' list.