Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you….Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,
so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.“ – Psalm 143:8, Psalm 90:14.
Do you start your mornings with Jesus? There are people who believe it more prudent to read their Bible or devotional at night when they are awake and least hurried. But if that is the case with you, you may want to rethink your strategy. There are no “rules” when spending time with Jesus. Anytime you spend with Him is good, but there are distinct advantages for you to start your day with Him.
Spending your mornings with Jesus, even if it was just a quick devotional, gives you something to ponder, pray for, and work on throughout your day. Would you rather make your own plans, work through mishaps, and put out fires on your own? Or should you spend a bit of time talking to Him about your day, and asking Him for the correct path to take and the strength you need? It’s a great reminder that we can trust and count on Him each minute of the day. It also can serve as a springboard for the brief consultation and prayers with Him during the day.
When you spend time with God in the morning or another time, it needs to be a heartfelt and engaging time. Spending time with the Lord Jesus each morning isn’t to fulfill some kind of religious duty or perform a ritual. If we just “clock in” and “clock out” without our heart being in it or our spirit engaged, we may develop a habit, but it won’t be an enjoyable one nor will it help us know the Lord more or grow in Him. God doesn’t want empty rhetoric or someone just going through the motions. He wants it to be relationship-building.
Spend quiet time with God on a regular basis, if not daily, and your life will change. God takes pleasure when we spend time in the Word and fellowship with Him in prayer. When we do, our trust in God grows. We can’t trust God unless we know Him. The only way to truly know Him is by spending time in the Word and really basking in who God is. The more time you spend with someone, the more like them you will become. The same is true of God. As we spend time reading the word and in prayer, we will become more Christ-like.
Forming this time into your daily schedule will not be easy. Nothing of value is ever easy. The main objective for any of us is disciplining ourselves to have a quiet time every day. Over time, it becomes a habit that is easily repeated. Even better, it will soon become the best and most productive part of your day.
- Do you have a regular quiet time? Why or why not?
- What different ways have you tried to intentionally connect with God?
- What would it take for you to make this a priority in your life in 2022?