Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted over the earth.” Psalm 46:10.
There are many obstacles to achieving spiritual growth that is necessary for living a faith-based life. As I reflected on the various distractions, habits, and behaviors that are detrimental to our relationship with God, the Holy Spirit gave me the answer. For the resolution of spiritual dilemmas, pray and turn to the Bible for guidance and solutions, and the answer is found in Genesis chapter 1.
Fully aware that Genesis 1 gives the account of Creation, I still pondered on what God was revealing to me. God created the world using a systematic and orderly manner. He laid the foundation by creating light and separating it from the darkness. Finally, on the sixth day, animals and humans were created, only after all conditions would support and sustain their lives. God requires that our lives reflect order, structure, and discipline.
Many individuals agree that their time-management and organizational skills could use significant improvement. There are never enough hours in the day to manage our usual responsibilities, and then we have to deal with the unexpected events and distractions that keep us busy from morning until night. Is it really our fault that our lives are so chaotic? After all, God does understand that we are doing the best that we can under the present circumstances. Doesn’t He?
You must worship no other gods, for the LORD, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you. Exodus 34:14
Unless we practice paganism, then we may overlook our idols–our habits of disorganization and spontaneity, or wasted hours spent watching television, playing online games, etc. If we do not monitor the time we use to fulfill our desires before we realize it, we are just too tired to spend quality time with God.
So when do we have time for God? How can we incorporate worshipping Him by singing, praying, and studying the Bible in our hectic lives?
Since the Stay at Home was implemented, most of us have been provided with a breath of fresh air. We have extra time on our hands and can do a spring cleaning or complete our to-do list or just relax. On the other hand, not every home is comprised of single persons or couples without dependents. Many parents have become aware that their children possess undesirable behaviors, and they are in the process of retraining and enforcing structured schedules for the completion of school assignments.
Despite the obstacles, our relationship with God should be first and foremost in our lives. The answer to living a faith-based life is to live a life that is decent and in order. The habit of awakening to a new day and not have any idea of what you will accomplish or the failure to prioritize your to-do list results in time wasted and is an underlying cause of stunted spiritual growth. Every aspect of the Believer’s life has spiritual meaning. Because of God, we are to think, act, and behave differently from those who are self-reliant.
Does the Word of God address the issues of structure and order or maintaining a Balance in Life?
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 reads:
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven— A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.
You already know these things, dear friends. So be on guard; then, you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. 2 Peter 3:17
Living by faith requires that we know what God expects of us. Without prayer and diligent study of the Bible, and waiting patiently until God intervenes on our behalf–then we follow trends or end up as the Laodecians described in Revelation 3:14-22. The same Holy Spirit that was present on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) is the same Holy Spirit that will lead us and guide us into a life of Righteousness by Faith.
It was never God’s plan for us to live a scurrying lifestyle; in fact, we have written evidence of his plan for humanity. So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day, God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. Genesis 2:1-3
Saturday, the 7th day is the day that God rested from all of his work. “And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day. Genesis 1:5, last part. The seventh-day Sabbath is from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. The Sabbath is God-ordained, and He has never changed any aspect of His commandments. The fourth commandment admonishes us to remember the Sabbath, and because God rested on the seventh day, He has deemed Saturday-Sabbath Holy.
The minds of humans are at enmity against God and righteousness. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin, my mother conceived me. Psalm 51:5. Obedience to God is the only answer to applying his commands to our practical lifestyles. We must live according to his will. Most of us have tried many options to produce a change in our lives, and we have failed.
Making the decision to keep the Sabbath is a significant commitment to God. It is a significant life event, reaping many benefits, including a deeper relationship with God and a structured and orderly mindset and lifestyle.
What difference does a day make?
The Saturday-Sabbath allows us to place all secular activities and problems aside for 24 hours. During those 24 hours, we thank God for victoriously bringing us through the week, and we focus on our spiritual relationship with God. Our bodies and minds are refreshed, leading to renewed vigor and a positive, peaceful outlook because we fully trust in God.
At the age of 5 years old, I learned of the seventh-day Sabbath. I have come to appreciate that God ordered my steps throughout a tumultuous and stormy life. Even when I lost my way, I always remembered the blessing of the Sabbath. Fast forward 61 years, and I could never imagine living my life without the special day that God has gifted humanity to commune with Him, nor can I express the peace that comes from living a faith-based life.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things.… Philippians 4:6-8
Make a timeline, and journal your time on an hourly basis. You may be surprised at the time that can be utilized in a more productive manner.
“Oh friend, do you love Jesus? Yes, I love Jesus. Why do you love Jesus? Here’s why I love Jesus because he first loved me. Oh, how I love Jesus!” If we love, then we obey. Without holiness, no individual can be with God. Eternal life is coming very soon.
Stay in His Presence! Stay Home and Stay Alive!
“So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.” Mathew 25:13
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020