In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests
before you and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:3)
It’s quiet in my house as I begin to write down these thoughts. Too quiet almost, my wife headed off to a scrapbook weekend, my oldest son is working late tonight, and my two youngest kids went to grandpa’s cabin for the weekend. It’s just me all alone and hoping I’m to get in some good 1:1 time with my Father. That would not have always been my priority if I was to find myself all alone for an extended period of time. I reckon sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll was my focus in life at one time. Not to mention gambling, theft… I’ll stop here for now since I’m not quite sure of the statute of limitations for some of the things I’ve done.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own
doing; it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8)
“Saving” is what God does. He changed me and I’m no longer ashamed of the man I once was because I know that I have a new life in Christ. He has forgiven and blessed me immeasurably beyond what I ever deserve. I know this to be true, yet find it so hard most of the time to make any attempt to show my thankfulness through my actions, thoughts, and life as a whole. Much of my time is spent worrying about all kind of things, mostly things that “might” be a problem and the fact that I simply want more “things.”
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor
about your body, what you will put on…. Instead, seek his kingdom, and
these things will be added to you. (Luke 12:22; 31)
How many times do we end up worrying about something that never even happens? Stress and anxiety are our enemy. How are we to experience the joy of the Lord and reflect this into a dying world when our minds are always preoccupied with negative thoughts? I often think of the “Seek first His kingdom” aspect of Luke 12:31. On the surface it is clear that we are to first seek what God desires to accomplish in and through us. I’d suggest that this is impossible to accomplish without beginning every day by assuring that we begin each day by spending time with God.
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35)
The verse above describe the very actions of Jesus. I have no proof that He did this every morning but personally I believe that He did. It is a great example for us, one that I’ve often failed to consistently replicate. Does anyone dare try to make a convincing argument that there is something better for us to do than spend at least the first few minutes of every day in the presence of God? No Christian would be so foolish as to debate that matter, however we’d likely be very surprised at how few of us make this a habitual practice in our lives.
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are
my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. (Psalm 59:16)
I’m trying to consistently dedicate at least the first few minutes of everyday to God. I want to challenge you to do the same. When I first start waking up, BEFORE I even place a foot on the floor or think of anything else in my life… I begin thanking and praising God for things in my life and who He is. I’m still half asleep but this begins to prepare my heart for the day ahead. I ask God to guide my steps before I’ve even taken that first step. The next thing I do is purposely refuse to look at my phone or computer before I actually get to spend some time in the Word and/or prayer. Establishing this habit may not be easy at first but God blesses this time and you’ll know it is what He desires. I challenge you brothers… Sanctify and dedicate those first few minutes and all your thoughts of each day to God. It is hard to say we seek His kingdom first if the first thing we seek each day is not the King Himself. Blessed is Best!!
Shared by Chad Hellenthal