There’s a Dutch proverb that says, “The early morning hours have gold in their mouth.” If you’re searching for more of God – His wisdom, His peace, and His plan for your life (God’s treasures), then the early morning a good time to look.
Jesus knew the power and sweetness of spending the early hours with God. “In the morning, long before sunrise, Jesus went to a place where he could be alone to pray” (Mark 1:35*). Luke tells us, “At daybreak Jesus left the town and went off to a lonely place” (Luke 4:42**).
King David also sought God at daybreak. “O God, you are my God. At dawn I search for you. My soul thirsts for you. My body longs for you in a dry, parched land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1*).
My friends, if you’ve never spent time with God in the early hours of the day, you’re missing some of the gold He wants to give you!
What’s so special about the early morning hours?
- Our soul is the most receptive in the morning.
The best time to communicate with God is before the cares of the day barge in on you. The morning hours have a special stillness that makes it easier to hear God’s voice, and to experience the enfolding presence of the Holy Spirit.
- Seeking God early puts your day in the right order.
Hudson Taylor, the great missionary to China, said, “Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him.” He was right! By tuning your heart to Him first thing in the morning, the rest of your day is more likely to produce a melody that’s pleasing to His ears (and yours).
- God rewards those who seek Him early and earnestly.
“I love those who love me; And those who seek me early and diligently will find me” (Prov. 8:17***). He wants to know that you’re not just a casual seeker. He promises to meet you when you wake early to look for Him and listen for His voice. When you give Him the first part of your day, you vividly demonstrate that He holds first place in your life.
- Each new day brings fresh perspective.
Psalm 30:5 says that though weeping may occur in the night, a song of joy will come in the morning. There’s something about the new day that puts things back in balance. The worries and fears that kept you awake no longer seem so daunting. As the darkness fades, you regain your perspective, and you get a chance to start over with God.
- You join with His creation when you welcome the day
In Song of Solomon 7:12*, the bride tells the bridegroom, “Let’s go to the vineyards early. Let’s see if the vines have budded, if the grape blossoms have opened, if the pomegranates are in bloom.” When we seek the Bridegroom in the morning hours, we join the chorus of all creation as it sings to God and opens up to the warmth of His Son.
What will you give for the gold?
If I told you that at sunrise tomorrow there will be a pile of gold on your kitchen counter, would you sacrifice sleep or change your existing schedule to get up? Without a doubt you would!
God promises that the early morning hours have gold in their mouth. Will you sacrifice a little bit of yourself to gain more of His vast, life-changing treasures?
The early morning hour should be dedicated to praise: do not the birds set us the example?Charles Spurgeon
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