“O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?”
A troubling question is asked by God in the verse above. God asks, “Have I been a wilderness unto Israel?” Why would God have to make this statement? Was not this the same God who delivered them from Egypt and the Red Sea? Was not this the same God who helped them over the Jordan River so that they could conquer the land of Canaan? Was not this the same God who gave them water from the rock and provided for them for forty years as they wandered through the wilderness? Was not this the same God who had done many miraculous works through great kings? How in the world could God become a wilderness to Israel? What God was saying was that He was no longer exciting to them. It is sad that these people allowed God to become a wilderness to them when He was the same exciting and miracle-capable God that He had always been.
At the writing of this devotional, I have been saved for forty-seven years. One thing I can honestly say is that God is as exciting to me today as He has ever been. Now, this has not happened by accident, but there are purposeful acts that I do to keep God’s presence fresh and exciting in my life. Let me share what I do to help make this happen.
First, I read God’s Word daily. There is something about God’s Word that keeps God exciting to me. Every morning I get something fresh from God’s Word that excites me about the God whom I serve. God will stay fresh and exciting to you if you get fresh sustenance from His Word daily.
Second, I have a prayer life. I want you to notice that I didn’t say a prayer time. Yes, I have a prayer time, but I don’t put God back in the closet after that time is done. I make sure I talk to God regularly throughout the day. The biggest mistake you can make is to put God in the closet after your prayer time instead of talking to Him throughout your day. You will find that when God is more than a time slot that you must meet with that His presence in your life will stay fresh.
Third, I remember the works that God has done in my life. Keeping God exciting and fresh is partly a mental exercise of remembering all the things He has done for you. When you purposely remember that God has been far better to you than you deserve, you will find that it will be easy to keep His presence fresh and exciting in your life.
Fourth, I keep God fresh and exciting by being a soul winner. One of the best ways I have found to keep my walk with God fresh and exciting is to continually lead people to Christ. Nothing will stir your spiritual walk more than to lead someone to Christ and see them come to church and begin to grow in the LORD. The only reason God is no longer exciting to you is because you have not seen Him give new life to someone in a long time through your soul-winning efforts. Being a soul winner keeps God exciting and fresh.
Fifth, I attempt great acts of faith. Watching God do great works in my life keeps my walk with Him exciting. You will find it hard to keep His presence exciting if you don’t regularly attempt great acts of faith for Him to work through you.
Finally, I live to help people. Watching God use you to help other people will keep His presence warm and exciting. When you die to self so that you can live to help others is when God’s working through you to help someone is exciting.