I am a morning person, and as such, I meet with God deliberately and patiently in the mornings. It’s part of my decision to give God the ‘best’ I have.
Of course, as a Christian I have the liberty to enjoy constant communion with God throughout the day. I know that He is with me in my eating, my sleeping, my showering, my weight lighting etc etc…and yet. I feel it is important to set aside time to be with God, deliberately and intentionally. Giving space for my soul to become quiet and giving space for God to speak.
In fact, it’s when I skimp on this, that my wife begins to notice. Time without seeking God, really does impact me. My patience, my self-control, my confidence, my perspective on problems in life – all get blown out of proportion in all the wrong ways. On the other hand, regular feasting with God in this manner (I believe) positively impacts me.
The Psalmist writes: ‘In your presence is fullness of joy, at your right hand are pleasures forevermore’ (Ps 16). I think it is for this reason that David vowed ‘I will not enter my house, or go to my bed, I will allow no sleep to my eyes, or slumber to my eyelids, till I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob’ (Psalm 132:4) David knew the importance of making a place for his God, each and every day.
Saying all this, it’s very easy for me to fall into the trap of trying to ‘put God in a box’. Relegating Him to a sub-section part of my day. E.g. 6:00am. It would not be dissimilar to only taking my wife on dates on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm.
So the other night, I decided to give a free evening to God. What I appreciated about that experience:
– I could clearly search through the day’s events and listen out for His whispers to me throughout the day.
– My faults and failures, the areas in need of God’s application of forgiveness, were clear as day.
– There was a different kind of peace and quiet, sitting at my dining table, with music, listening to the evening traffic going by. Full belly and feeling very relaxed after a busy day’s work. Knowing the hard things of the day were passed, and sleep was around the corner.
– In a sense there was a real open-endedness to my time with God. Whilst in the morning, I am keeping one part of my mind aware of the time, knowing I’ll have to get ready for work soon. In the evening, there is a feeling of open-ended, it really didn’t have to end.
– Whereas in the morning I am more contemplative, for some reason in the evening I feel more worshipful. Perhaps it’s from all the evening worship sessions I went to as a teenager at youth camps and with a missionary couple at my church. But the evening seems to provoke a longing to worship God, and enjoy a intimate ministry time with Him and His angels.
Overall, I’m probably going to stick with my morning times with God. It just works better, I’ll be more consistent, and my mind is usually in a more alert state at that time to offer God. However, I won’t be so quick to write off a quiet evening to God.
Resorting to endless TV shows, late night reading or whatever else I find to fill my evenings. Does not satisfy in the same way, to the same extent that time with God does.