“So you should look for the Lord before it is too late; you should call to him while he is near. The wicked should stop doing wrong, and they should stop their evil thoughts. They should return to the Lord so he may have mercy on them. They should come to our God, because he will freely forgive them.” (Isaiah 55:6-7 NCV)
Mornings are mornings!
That may have made you scratch your head wondering where the heck I am going but I can assure you there’s more to those 3 words than meets the eye. For some morning is 6:00 AM for others it is 8:00 AM for others still it is 3:00 PM. What I am suggesting is that your morning is determined by you not by the position of the sun nor it is determined by the position of the hands of a clock. Morning is the start of your day. Morning is the time when you get ready to start your day until the time when your preparations are complete and your day really begins.
Morning is the most important time of the day! As you make your way through the day the preparations you make during your morning will have a significant impact on how you manage the events of the day.
Mornings whatever time of the day they happen make good times for solitude. Times of solitude are mornings spent with God for making significant preparations for the day yet to unfold.
In his book Psalms 23: the Song of a Passionate Heart (published by Discovery House Publishers) David Roper writing in a section on Solitude writes. “There’s something to be said for meeting God before our busy days begin and our schedules begin to tyrannize us, though we must not understand this in some legalistic way to mean we have to get up before the sun to merit a meeting with God. …There are times when it not only seems easier to meet with God, it is easier. …The main thing is eagerness to meet him.” (Pages 60-61)
While Isaiah did not expressly mean mornings the opening sentence of verse 6 of chapter 55 but they do speak very powerfully to our mornings. “So you should look for the Lord before it is too late…” While mornings may begin at different times for each of us, there is one thing about mornings common to all of us – mornings always gives way the “meat” of the day!
The first sentence of verse six goes on to say, “…you should call to him while he is near.” That does not mean that mornings are the only time when God is near. What it does mean is that if we’ve created a time of solitude we are near God without the assistance and interruptions from outside influences.
No matter how hard you try to prolong the morning the time will come when the day’s schedules will “tyrannize us” and will begin to deplete those preparations we’ve made during our morning preparation time.
In another chapter Isaiah provides us with valuable insight for us into what God can and will do with us and to us during our morning time spent with him in solitude. “Surely you know. Surely you have heard. The Lord is the God who lives forever, who created all the world. He does not become tired or need to rest. No one can understand how great his wisdom is. He gives strength to those who are tired and more power to those who are weak. Even children become tired and need to rest, and young people trip and fall. But the people who trust the Lord will become strong again. They will rise up as an eagle in the sky; they will run and not need rest; they will walk and not become tired.” (Isaiah 40:28-31 NCV)
But the people who spend time with God WILL NOT run out of divine energy! However, nowhere in the bible does it say that spending time with God will promise us our day will go with out a hitch. If we spend our mornings with God with the idea our day will unfold like “a walk in the park” we’ll be sadly disappointed! In fact Jesus said, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 ESV)
Grace and PEACE
“Scriptures marked NCV quoted from The Holy Bible, New Century Version, copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Word Publishing, Dallas, Texas 75039. Used by permission.”
Scripture quotations marked ESV “Are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”
A personal note from God.
Excuse me for interrupting your morning but I have been aware of the struggles you have been going through. I have been painfully aware of the pressure the powers of evil have been exerting on you as you journey through life. I have felt the pain of disappointment and of discouragement that have tried to break you down. I have felt your strength slowly draining a way as you have fought valiantly for you faith. My heart throbs when you question my whereabouts.
Long ago, I planted deep inside your heart far removed from the external struggles of life a point of contact with me. It is a place where you can send your disappointment and your discouragement to me. A place you can bring those things the tempter uses to allure you away and I will render them powerless against you, a place where your weaknesses will become strengths, a place where the value of time and experiences are seen as an ongoing life in eternity, a place where victory in the purest and most powerful way is experienced.
There are no secret passwords to know, there are no hidden doorways to go through, you need no complex communications equipment to gain access to this most secret and most personal place. All you need is a small slice of time, a moment of uninterrupted tranquility lasting perhaps no longer than a heartbeat but just long enough to connect with the timelessness of my Spirit. You must then allow my Spirit to put on your heart words to pray and then allow my Spirit to pray for you.
While you journey through the life you now live there will disappointments, discouragements, and times when you will want to give up, and times when you question me. So you can know I am with you I give you the following signs. When you feel the pulse of your beating heart you will be reminded that my Son lived and breathed and experienced the same feelings you do. When you see the dark of night turns into the light of day, whether it be a cloudy day, whether it be a clear day, whether it be a stormy day, you will know that my Son went to his death and was resurrected to give you hope, love, and life. When you feel or see the effects of the wind as it blows across the earth you will know that my Spirit goes where so ever I send it and that its power is unlimited and that power is yours for the asking.