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breaking the routine August 9, 2011

Posted by daniel ayad in Biblical.

It’s hard to concentrate these days….on God. People can easily lose track of the most important aspect of life – the spiritual life – with the busyness of life. Many people often find themselves trapped in a routine lacking any desire for God. We often fail to be attentive to the word of God, let alone read it ourselves.

Perhaps you can relate to this routine of life:

“You are startled to alertness in the morning by the sound of your alarm clock, and go through the regular rituals of preparation, have a cup of coffee, and realise that you are running late……again. You run out of the house and make your way to school, college or work. You ‘start’ your day. You have a lunch break, after which you keep looking at your watch until it is time to go home. You eat, watch the television, reply to your email, ‘surf’ the net for while, sleep and then wake up the next morning at the sound of your alarm clock; you realise that you are running late…..again, and so ‘life’ goes on .

Should the Christian life be like this? Should you be constantly in a rush having little time for God? How can you possibly develop a close relationship with God and understand His words, if you don’t include Him in your daily routine?

If God is not part of your daily life, then there is obviously great difficulty in getting to really know Him.

Many people will blame technology and modern age as being a cause for excluding God in our daily routine. This is certainly an invalid excuse, because if you really wanted God you would not exclude Him.

I’ll admit that times have changed since the past in terms of technology and features of life. But God can always be a key part of your life….if you choose to.

Don’t use modern day times as an excuse. The children of Israel fell into this routine of not including God. In Nehemiah chapter 8 we discover that the people of Israel had not read the words of the law (the torah) for a long time. The children of Israel forgot the word of God and did not include it their daily schedule.

Luckily for the Israelites, Ezra the priest started to read the word of God to the multitude. The people then chose to become attentive to the word of God and started to apply it in their daily schedule. The children of Israel celebrated spiritual feasts that they had not celebrated for a long time, as if it became all new to them. The children of Israel started to have a vision and ended being lukewarm. They included God in their routine, with diligence and enthusiasm.

“So the whole assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and sat under the booths; for since the days of Joshua the son of Nun until that day the children of Israel had not done so. And there was very great gladness. Also day by day, from the first day until the last day, he (Ezra) read from the Book of Law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day there was a sacred assembly, according to the prescribed manner” (Neh 8:17-18)

This is what led the people of Israel to confess their sins and lead a spiritual life, including God in their life every day…..

You need to include God in your life……and not fall into the trap of excluding and forgetting Him.



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