Jeremiah 29:13 “And you will seek Me and find Me when you search Me with all your heart.”
“You will get better the more you practice.” When those words came from my golf instructor, it seemed logical to me. Over the past three months he has shown me the basic necessities to the golf swing, how to putt, chip, pitch, and get out of a bunker. By the end of each lesson, I understood the overall basics of what I was taught. But I realized that I would become rusty quickly if I didn’t practice what I learned.
Golf is not something you can just learn to do one time and you get as good as the other guys by osmosis. You have to practice. You have to spend time getting the muscle memory formed. You have to do things repetitiously in order for it to be of benefit to you. And here’s what I’ve found so far. The things I’ve spent time practicing are the very things I find myself getting better at! I used to struggle to hit my irons from the fairway. But after taking what I was taught by my golf instructor and hitting a ton of balls at the range and using the correct swing mechanics (which really is a natural swing), I’m hitting the ball better than I ever have!
Growing with God is NO DIFFERENT. How can we as believers think that since we’ve trusted Christ as Savior that God will impart all knowledge and wisdom to us…without spending time with Him? In order to know God more we must be willing to take the time to spend with Him and learn from Him. It’s something we should do over and over. It needs to become a part of who we are. We should never, ever, ever try to fit God into our schedule. We should fit our schedule around God. And it isn’t like we should just drop a prayer and read a chapter in the A.M. then go about our merry way. He is with us ALWAYS (Matthew 28:20). And if He is with you always, just like He’s with you right this very moment, shouldn’t we acknowledge His presence? We need to get into the repetition, the practice, the habit of telling God that we love Him, need Him, and desire to know more of Him. Think about it, Jesus said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing (John 15:5).” That’s nothing of value…that’s producing the fruit of righteousness.
I’ve heard it said many times, “Right now, you are as close to God as you want to be.” Wouldn’t you like to be closer? We say we do, but do we do what we say?
I enjoy the game of golf, but not as much as I enjoy spending time with God. Don’t misunderstand me…I WASN’T ALWAYS THAT WAY. I’ve had my priorities messed up a few times. But by the grace of God, He led me back to Himself. And I have to tell you, this verse from Jeremiah 29 is true. He is faithful to keep His promises.
But there is a condition. We have to put something into it. We need to spend time at the range. We need to work on the different aspects of our game (our life) according to what the Great Instructor has taught us. And we have to give it our best, our all, our hearts.