Don’t Play with Your Food
We have arrived at the last course of our “Breakfast with God” series. It has been a very enjoyable meal, but now is the time to put it into practice on your own. The moment to push back that alarm clock 15 minutes. To place your phone out of reach of your bed and place your Bible there instead. The time to stop playing with your food and to actually eat it.
I speak from experience when I say that this is the hardest part of the journey, but once it is put in motion, everything else will follow quickly behind.
I have struggled tremendously with this problem while putting this series together. I have placed other things above what should be my first, daily priority: God. It has been a daily battle to put this together, and I have lost more times than I have won, but we serve a God of mercy and second chances. There were a good number of days where I just did not get the message put together, despite a very clear calling from God that I needed to and ample opportunities to do it. Yet, when I sat down and asked for God’s help to write, He was faithful. He was right there. He gave me the words to say and just the right way to say them. He made His presence clear in a thousand ways. None of this came out of me, it all came from Him and to Him belongs all the glory.
So do not worry if you have attempted to give your mornings to God before and have since fallen away from that practice. He will help you to get back. It will take a little while to develop it into a routine, but God will see you through, just like He has been faithful to see me through. It is not easy to do, but with God, we can always do it.
The good news is that we do not have to pull from our own strength. That is the beauty of the Christian walk: that everything good, perfect, and worthwhile that comes out of us, does not come from us. It comes from the One who sent us. The same Spirit that worked through the apostles to heal the sick, raise the dead, and perform all sorts of miracles is the One that will give us His power to arise in the morning and spend it with God.
It is when we drink of the Water of Life alongside our God-prepared meal, that everything goes down smoothly. We are spiritually dried out and dehydrated when we begin the day, but when we call on Christ to fill us, He provides us with a “spring of water that wells up into eternal life.” (John 4:14 NIV) That hydration helps us to digest the meal God has prepared for us. It is impossible to do without it, but, with it, everything is possible.
Start praying now that God would allow you to wake up in the morning with a desire to seek Him. Do not delay. Pray now. Understand just how much there is to be gained from this small sacrifice of just a few minutes of sleep. Do not deceive yourself and say you will start up Monday, the first of the month, or on New Years. Start now. We have 24-hour-a-day access to God. Your prayers for energy and willingness will not go unheard. We serve a faithful God who will not turn us away. It was God Himself who said,
Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
(Matthew 7:9-11 NIV)
Do you not think that God will see the sacrifice you made and reward you with the energy to face the day? We are not sustained by anything physical. Not sleep. Not food. Not water. Not air. We are sustained by God alone, and He gives us the food we need. He gives you the air you breathe. He holds the very ground together where you now stand. Is that not the very cornerstone of our faith? That we are nothing apart from God. Nothing spiritually, nothing mentally, nothing relationally, nothing physically.
So step out in faith. Give God your first fifteen each and every day. It is never a decision you will regret. I will be praying for you all and ask that you would pray for me as well. We all need the support God has given us through one another to carry this—or anything for that matter—out.
With the assuredness and blessed hope of Christ,
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!”
Isaiah 30:19 ESV
Join us in a couple days as we begin our next series: “Triune.” An exploration of the nature of God and us. Can’t wait to see you there!