James 1:25 (ESV)
But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
Dating is the process where a boy is interested in dating a girl. He walks up to her or calls her to ask her. Dating involves looking, listening and acting and occurs because we want companionship, see a possible lifetime partner, or just want to boost our reputation. With the exception of blind dates, dates are usually prefaced by physical attraction. They involve talking and listening. And if marriage is the goal, serious commitment is required.
Dating God should be natural for believers and not something that makes us nervous. One of the main ways we court God is through time in the Bible. "But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it…will be blessed"
A mere glance focuses on physical appearance, but looking intently gets inside a person to know who they really are-their goals, dreams and aspirations. God wants us to know him intently. Scanning pages just to say I've done it is one thing; yearning for God to speak to my spirit from the pages is another. One date doesn't normally lead to a successful marriage or an enjoyable relationship with God. It takes time. Just as dating usually changes our attitude and behaviors, so will dating God. How much time are you spending with him?
Dear Lord, enrich our dates with You and Your Word so that our love for You will continue growing. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.