When I came to faith in Christ, I developed an enthusiasm for the word of God. I always wanted to know what God says about relating with other people, games, eating, dressing, and leading a godly life generally. I heard so many testimonies about how to walk with God that I almost became confused about what to do.
I attended a Bible study class one evening and learned about what the Pastor called a Quiet Time with God. It sounded nice and I thought I should try it at home. I woke up a little earlier than usual one morning to pray and read the Bible but felt so sleepy that I could only manage to pray. I tried reading the Bible but could only go through a couple of verses. I went back to sleep. The next day, I started by humming softly, “O Lord My God, When I in awesome wonder.” I prayed, opened my Bible, and read the whole of Genesis chapter one. I felt so joyful that when I reached school that morning, I managed to relate how God created the universe in six days to some of my friends. They were amazed that I could remember the details from the first to the sixth day.
I continued reading the Bible and praying every morning but there were certain scripture passages that I could not understand. At such times, I would easily forget what I had read and often felt empty. I had nothing to share with friends and I would also feel dejected.
On my second visit to the Bible study, I learned something else that had not been taught before. It was not enough to just read the Bible and pray. I was encouraged to have a small notebook and a pen to write down what I felt God telling me through the passages. Initially, I thought that was too much work but when I tried, it was alright. I realized I could grasp much of what I had read as opposed to when I had not jotted down anything.
Devotional time is now a habit in my life and has proved quite helpful in enabling me to stay focused upon the Lord and spiritual issues. Through it, I am certain that He cares for me and I don’t have to allow anxiety over the challenges I face to control me. I stay sober and strong enough to resist such behaviours as snapping at others when criticized or fighting unnecessarily. Meditating upon the thought I put down enables me to have peace as I go about daily activities and am confident that the Lord is guiding me into what is right. It is through Daily Devotions that I overcome fleshly desires and uphold my testimony for Christ.