TAWG (Time Alone With God)

It is there every day you open Instagram between the hours of eight and ten o’clock,

The cliché Christian post of someone sitting in a coffee shop or outside with coffee in their hands and a Bible laid out alongside multiple highlighters. (There is no judgement here, I am only poking fun of my people).

Following this overplayed post is an entire paragraph about the goodness of Jesus and how much He revealed to that person in that time. Usually, this piece of writing is mind-blowing and insightful.

I have never been the type to feel like I need to post about where I spend my time with God, but I have always been the type to want to get as much out of these periods of time as my friends on social media.

Yet, I just cannot find consistent fulfillment in my quiet time.

It seems no matter what I do, whether it be a specific process like the HEAR method or free-writing what I’m feeling with the Spirit, I just cannot seem to consistently find God without becoming burned-out or bored writing pages of notes on the Bible.

Personally, I feel like I am wasting my time and further dishonoring God by seeing Him as an item on my checklist to mark off each day.

This has been a pattern that I have run into over the past couple of years, and it is quite frustrating to work through.

Do you feel the same way?

Maybe you have a routine that truly works for you,

Or… (which is much more likely)

You are in the same place as me and wonder how to best honor the Lord your God in your Bible study?

If so, I have some suggestions that have helped me out and I think could do the same for you. 

  1. Take the pressure off yourself.

I used to believe that if I did not reach some spectacular conclusion during my quiet time that it all was useless, and that God was not working. This is a lie the enemy will use to disrupt your spiritual life and send you spiraling into Spiritual Depression. Remember the Words of the Father before Jesus ever did a thing for Him.

And behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.

– Matthew 3:17

Your effort is the only thing God requires of you, stop stressing over not receiving this great revelation about the Gospel. We cannot all be Beth Moore or Timothy Keller and write several books on what God speaks to them

2. Seek God in the still and ordinary, not just the big and extraordinary.

And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah? – 1 Kings 19: 11-13

Some days, I look to hear from God in the roaring thunder of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6-7 and miss the message of the story of Jesus healing the blind men in Matthew 9. The Word is so much simpler than we think, yet it is also so much more complex than many of us have ever considered. It is called “The Simple Gospel” for a reason.

3. It’s not just about what you do.

I am about to step on some toes, and that is fine. God does not need what you do, instead, He wants you. 

For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. 

– Hosea 6:6

“You contribute nothing to your salvation but the sin that makes it necessary.”

– Johnathan Edwards

Your quiet time may draw you nearer to Christ, but realize that above all, He desires you more than the three hours you might spend studying the book of Job. 

I do not have the answers to the perfect quiet time or what that looks like. However, I will point you to how to have a better TAWG (Time Alone with God).

Open your heart to the Lord and calm your mind.

Perhaps, spend a few minutes in the Word, just studying it.

Or pray through some of the Psalms.

Maybe, you should pick a book to supplement what you are studying in the Word?

The possibilities are endless. Take the pressure off yourself, read the verse below, and go spend time with God.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

 – Matthew 6:33

Go and be blessed my friends.

Zion Brown is a Senior Business Management major from Buford, GA. He is a Winshape scholar and leads several small groups throughout different ministries. Zion loves photography, playing basketball, hiking, and hanging out with friends (outside because of COVID). After Berry, Zion plans to pursue a career in ministry work.

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