I don’t like mornings. I am a night owl. I like to sit up late, and mornings are difficult for me. I don’t drink coffee, so I don’t have that pleasure that some look forward to every day.
I have never been a morning person. When I was a teenager I had a nightshirt that said, “I don’t do mornings.” But, guess what, God does mornings. The first chapter of Genesis tells us that God separated the light and the dark and made evening and morning. He not only made mornings, but He also said they were good.
If God does mornings, then we have to do mornings too. I believe that God created us all uniquely and with different abilities, personalities, and preferences. For that reason, I don’t think we should feel condemned if God didn’t design us to be one of those people that spring out of bed with a ton of energy ready to take on the world. However, I believe that there are a few things that we can do in the mornings based on the word of God to help us make the most of this time.
Stand Before the Lord.
Genesis 19:27 says, “And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord.” What a wonderful way to start a day. When we stand before the Lord, we acknowledge his presence, and we thank him for bringing us through the night and waking us up again. After we have done this, we can move on to making our request known to him and getting our instructions for the day.
Chapter 17 of 1 Kings tells the story of God sending the ravens to feed Elijah. It says they fed him in the morning and the evening. Our bodies need nourishment in the mornings. It refuels us. It helps to wake our bodies up and gives us energy. Even if we don’t like a full breakfast, we should try to eat something to help us be at our best.
Set Out on Your Journey.
Time and time again in the Bible it says that people set out on their journey in the morning. When I leave for a trip even though I am not a morning person, I prefer to leave in the morning. There is just something about getting a fresh start in the morning. We each have a daily journey. We make plans, lists and set out doing what God has in store for us each day.
Receive New Mercy.
Each morning is a fresh start. Maybe, yesterday didn’t go so well. Maybe last night was long and troubling. Maybe, we haven’t been all God would have us to be lately and we wake up feeling like we have already failed. God meets us where we are and stands ready to forgive us and equip us for the day. “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Morning for even those of us that are not morning people can be a blessed time if we start our day by standing before the Lord. Then, take care of our physical nourishment. Determine to set out on our journey for the day and realize that we have a faithful God who is waiting to shower us with new mercies. God created mornings, and it was good!
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