I’m a real creature of habit – I’m not talking about bad habits this time, but routine. This week has been horrible for me, all because my routine has been thrown out by a Public Holiday on Monday. I spent a lovely day with old friends, but the rest of the week has felt like chaos ever since. You see I’m a real routine person. I don’t love spontaneity, unless it is planned for. I need my Monday to get organised for the week ahead. In fact I’m thinking of campaigning to get all public holidays moved Friday – that would for my routine much better.
One comfort I have is that God is also a lover of routine. I know he is hugely spontaneous with healing miracles, walking on water and the parting seas business, but he recognises the need for habits. He says we need one day a week to rest, the same day each week so you know to plan for that. God recognises our weaknesses in warning us not to give up some routines:
Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
He warns us it is dangerous to break the habit of regular Christian fellowship. He also knows that to develop some good habits we must practice them continuously:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
God knows that we need to be in the habit of continual communication with Him so he tells us not to stop. I’m glad that God recognises the benefit of routine and the weakness I have when routine is not available. I pray that I will routinely follow him in everyday life so that when spontaneous things happen my life will not fall into chaos.