Do you ever have one of those mornings that you want so desperately to wake up early and spend time with the Lord, but decide to sleep in instead? I’ve had too many of those lately. My desire is to wake up early and read a few devotionals from my collection, and ponder the goodness and mercy of God. But I have such a hard time with this and I’m not sure why. I start out well. There are days, weeks, and sometimes months that I rise faithfully each morning while the house is still quiet, my dog at my feet, and devour God’s promises to me. I’m hungry for them. I need His word to refresh me each morning before I go out into the world and face what is out there, both good and bad.
But too many times I am lazy. I say, “I’ll do them later.” or “I’ll start again tomorrow.” But those are only excuses. I believe firmly that without daily digging into the Word, we as Christians will not have an easy go of life. We need His strength to see us through each day, with all of its many challenges and joys, struggles and heartaches. We need to keep our eyes on Christ. I know from past experience that if I do not spend time with Him that my days are hectic and I am so out of breath, and weary by day’s end, that I want to hang my head and weep. Life is so hard. Yes. We may have our friends and family there by our side, but I still know in my heart that without Christ’s constant guiding, we will be tossed about on life’s turbulent seas.
He is good. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is our Rock and our Strength. Christ is Lord and He loves us more than we can even think or imagine. It is mind-boggling. But I am thankful to have an opportunity to worship Him freely and to have a library full of Christian literature. There are too many other countries that are oppressed and lack even a Bible in their own language.
So tomorrow morning, I will rise up, put on a pot of coffee, read through a Psalm to praise His name and His goodness to me and my family. I will read through three or four devotional readings for the day, jotting down notes(a habit of mine) and enjoy the solitude of the early morning. Then it’s off into this big scary world. But I have His protection round about me. I will put on the full armor of God. It’s always good to know that my best friend has got my back.