I heard Olive’s cry and went into the room to pick her up. She smiled but who she wanted was her mum- she definitely wanted to eat. At various times in the middle of the night, Irewamiri would wake up to Olive’s search for food and feed her.
I was ruminating on this when the Holy Spirit asked me, “When you wake up, what is the first thing you are hungry for?” When God asks you a question, you must know that it is not because He does not know the answer.
I realised that I would reach out for my phone to catch up on what I have missed before I get to even say “Thank You, Lord”.
When Peter mentioned that we should desire the Word like newborn babes, he was admonishing us to be like Olive. Let your desire be for the Word. Let your attention be the Word. Have a strong appetite for the Word.
Do not let other things take the place of the Word. Social Media can feed you but they are not meals that will last. They are meals that can drive you excited but yet malnourished. They can also cause seeds of envy to arise in you because you have not been immunized.
Is it not amazing how we can feel sleepy while we pray but once we pick up our phones, sleep disappears? When you read the Bible (maybe on your phone), you do not know when you end up on Facebook and WhatsApp or scrolling from one stream to another?
Do you know it is hard to wake up early to pray and study like Jesus did because you stayed awake late into the night romancing social media? You can have a time that you shut down all social affairs- “no phones after 8 pm. No phones before 12 noon. I sleep early and wake up to pray”
Peter admonished us with these words: “Since we are approaching the end of all things, be intentional, purposeful, and self-controlled so that you can be given to prayer.” 1 Peter 4:7 TPT
Looseness has robbed a lot of believers of spiritual nourishment. There is no better time to be intentional, purposeful and self-controlled than the times we are in.
A lot of things will pull at your heart. You must ensure that you are not carried away. Consistency is key also. No matter how much you love party jollof-rice, you do not abandon your daily meal. Be focused.
Spiritual growth requires solid discipline. Looseness and slack will cost you more than you bargain for.
Do you what Paul said? “Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master” Romans 12:11 MSG
Let us start with something simple- Tell your phone that it will not have your heart. Tell your job that it is not your god. When you wake up from tomorrow, what will be the first thing that you will reach out for? Will it be a “what” or a “who”? Reach out to God first!