We are creatures of habit. Habits help us through our day. We can do a similar task without having to be fully engaged in that habit easier than when we are doing something “out of the norm.” Think about your morning routine. In our house, the weekday routine is the same most every day. When the alarm goes off; we push the snooze button a few times, we cuddle, and we pray before getting out of bed. After getting up we make lunches, shower, eat breakfast, read the newspaper, do our daily devotions, then we both head off to work. We go our own ways with a kiss and a wave. Our weekend morning routines follow a different pattern than during the week, but those two morning routines don’t change much week to week either.
Mornings are an important time of day. Before facing the day we should have a routine of looking into the face of God. We should begin each day seeking God and His strength; the strength we will need to do whatever it is we will be doing that day. We should not begin the work of the day until we have had a few quiet moments with God.
After Moses broke the first two tablets (with the Ten Commandments on them) in a fit of rage (see Exodus 32:19), God instructed him to chisel out two new ones and meet with him. Here is what we read in Ex. 34:1-3 – “The LORD said to Moses, ‘Chisel out two new stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that whereon the first tablets, which you broke. Be ready in the morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai. Present yourself to me there on the top of the mountain. No one is to come with you or be seen anywhere on the mountain; not even the flocks and herds may graze in the front of the mountain.”
Notice what God said to Moses. He wanted time alone, just He and Moses, first thing in the morning.
And David, in Psalm 5, looks for a similar encounter with God. In 5:3 we see these words – “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”
So, why not have a morning routine that begins, before your feet hit the floor, with an appointment with God! By doing so, you can have a day influenced by His character and under His control!
New Bern, North Carolina