Sometimes sleeping til the alarm clock goes off just doesn’t happen. Usually I’ll lay there trying to find my way back to dreamland. Lately I just give up and get up.
I’m thinking it’s a wake-up call and I’m finding the Caller knows what I need. Those things that I thought woke me up like a neck ache or a sinus headache disappear as I come into His presence, His Word, and prayer. I find more comfort in those than I ever did snuggled under covers.
There’s just something about listening in the quiet moments before the day rushes in. “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” (Matthew 6:33 CSB)
Some key words there: first, God and His righteousness, things.
First – not giving Him the leftovers of our time. It’s a heart thing. Putting Him first – and sometimes that’s not at 5am with Bible in lap. A busy mom may put Him first by looking at a verse on her phone as she picks up her waking infant. He asks only that we seek the important – Him – in all the ins and outs of the day.
God and His righteousness – not just checking off the ‘Christian’ I read the verse, listened to the song, prayed the prayer thing. Giving our hearts to Him in everything at all moments. Praying when He prompts us, focusing on pleasing Him, repenting when we blow it. We aren’t righteous – but we received His righteousness when we said yes to Jesus.
Things – like enough sleep, or not. Or like enough food, or gas, or cash for bills. I’ve been on the short end of all those – and yet here I am. It is sometimes because of the shortfalls we have the wonder of looking back and seeing His faithfulness. When we are faithless, He is ever faithful.
So as we head into the giving season, let’s bring our first gift to the Giver – ourselves. So deep is His love that our heart is all He wants. Just get up and give… “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7 NLT)
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