February points us toward chocolate, Valentines, and love, so this month, our training centers on dating God. Jesus gave this warning to the church of Ephesus, “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first (Rev. 2:4 NIV).” We do well to heed this one, because we live the biggest love triangle of all time.
The two competing lovers? Jesus and Satan.
An easy choice, right? Yet Satan excels in keeping us from our True Love. Our calendars are stacked with commitments, none of them bad, but time with God gets cut short or postponed until it disappears altogether—and Satan savors another win.
But don’t be fooled, he’s really not that into us. It’s all about him. The cry of his heart is me, me, me. Though his valentines look appealing, they reek of death. Like a soda can drained of its sweetness, we’re disposable.
And Satan is all about that.
My training challenge for us this February is to schedule four dates with our True Love.
Date #1: Take a walk.
When my husband and I dated, we often took walks together. Today, that walk requires a lot more effort. I speed walk. He strolls. I think as I walk. He talks. As you plan your walk with God, consider this:
- Coordinate: Coordinate schedules. Get it on the calendar.
- Compromise: Adjust your walking speed to His.
- Contribute: By all means, talk, but listen too. Literally. What do you hear? Look around. Is He trying to show you something?
God walked with Adam and Eve in the garden. Both Enoch and Noah were commended for walking with God. Let’s slow down and focus on our first love. Walk, don’t run, and we’ll romance our way through February.
Workout of the Week: Date #1 Walk with God
Memory Verse: “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.” Rev. 2:4 (NIV)
Meditation Passage: Genesis 5:22-24
Just Do It: Schedule your walk.