Recently I wrote an article entitled Why I Meet with God in the Morning. In that article here, https://valerierumfelt.com/2023/03/17/why-i-meet-with-god-in-the-morning/ (sorry for the little “g” as this is out of my control when I transferred the link), I used as much Christian persuasion as I had to influence you the reader to continue in your morning meeting with God or to change your schedule, make an adjustment so that you would begin to meet with God in the morning.
Since that writing, I’ve been reminded by even more reasons. If you weren’t convinced by the last article, this one may bring you to your point of decision. I ask you, will you meet with God in the morning?
6. Urgent – To be available for the Spirit to do work that only He can do – I may miss the best plan God has for me. We are humans with our own wills. Even as Christians, we often don’t want to do God’s will. Our plans are more dreamy and include more of our loved ones or match our talent or degree, fulfill our desires, and any other myriad of reasons. In Philippians 2, Paul is urging the believers to carry the Light of Christ into the world. The only way we can do this is by obeying God’s will and plan for our lives. Verse 13 continues…” for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” It’s about God. If I’m not showing up for my meeting, God can’t do the work of changing me so that I learn to want what He wants. Our desires change when we meet with God.
7. To understand the love and hope offered to me – It is unfathomable. But when I spend time with Him, He supernaturally enables me to experience His particular love toward me. Down here, we only know human love. To know the love of God, we need to spend time with Him. Romans 5:5 says, …” and hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
8. For all the benefits of reading God’s Word, the Bible – If you have not read Psalm 119 in its entirety, your enthusiasm for God’s Word will strengthen if you will spend some time there. It is profound the many benefits the author gives of God’s Word in this one chapter. Besides this chapter, unless you read the Bible, you will not know the value of its truths and God’s heart for you and the lost.
9. Increased dependency on God and less self-dependency – God is holy, we are not. He is sovereign, strong, and able. We are hard-headed and prideful and would do well to admit our need for Him sooner. We typically don’t know what to do. Although we will do anything sometimes other than wait on God. When I humble myself and ask, the solutions come, and I don’t live with regret because of the consequences of taking matters into my own hands. Yes, God gives us brains and some common sense. But He is God. And He requires our hearts, and anything less is unacceptable to Him.
10. To keep my priorities straight. – Many of us are the worker bees in God’s Kingdom. But even that work pales compared to the work Jesus has done and continues to do in our lives. He is Lord, and we do well to remember we are not serving ourselves. We serve the Creator of heaven and earth who is over all and in all(Ephesians 4:6). Spending time in the morning gets my head and heart in line and conscious of His work around me and in me.
11. We are often tired, weary, and unaware – My mind needs to be renewed in His word. I need to acknowledge the strength that only He can give. I need to learn from Him(Matthew 11:28). And I need Ephesians 6 to remind me I have what I need to fight the battle, and sometimes the battle, the resistance is me.
One can certainly have a devotional at night. My husband and I do. It ties up the day and brings a whisper to the evening that welcomes bedtime. These reasons and those in the previous article can’t be achieved when we are tired from the day and lying in bed. As Christians, we have a loving, heavenly Father who has a plan for our lives. Our sacrifice and intention to meet with Him in the morning give us an opportunity for transformation in our hearts and minds(Romans 12:1-2) so that we can live lives that bring Him glory.
“My quiet time is not a gift I give to God.
My quiet time is a gift God gives me.
I don’t offer him my quiet time. I simply offer him my time, my self. He’s the one who provides the quiet spirit.”
― Emilie Barnes, Fill My Cup, Lord… With the Peace of Your Presence
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