Proverbs 8:17 (AMPC) – I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently will find me.
I really like this translation of Proverbs 8:17. “Those who seek me early and diligently will find me.” When we seek after Jesus, we are understanding our need for him. When we seek after Jesus, we are understanding the worth of him.
The reason I really enjoy this translation is because it mentions seeking him early. I believe when we meet with Jesus in the morning, we are putting him first. The first part of our day often means the first part of our lives. When we decide to meet with Jesus early, we are essentially saying “you are first, you are above all things else, you are my priority today”.
I did not always get up to spend time with the Lord. I would try to sleep in as long as I can, get up, get ready, and go…
I would tell myself that there will be time later in the day to read, to pray, to connect. There were days where that did happen, but honestly, more often than not, it didn’t. At least not to the level or reverence it deserved.
A few reasons why I would encourage you to start your day with the Lord, even if it means getting up earlier than you are used to.
If you don’t make time for God, you won’t have time for God. Don’t start your day and think time will just be available for you. You intentionally make time for what is important.
If you don’t meet with the Lord early, you may miss out on a word. If you start your day expecting to hear from God, you will do just that. Don’t mute the Lord because you don’t feel like getting up a bit earlier.
God is your priority. If God is truly first in your life, put him first in your day.
Refuel. Don’t run on empty. In order to pour out, you have to get poured in to as well. This is the time for God to pour in to you.
God is with you. Mornings are a perfect time to get armored up and remind yourself that God is on your side, He is with you, and you can take that promise and carry it throughout your day.
These are just a few reasons, but I would really encourage you, if you aren’t already, start your day with the Lord. I think you will that it might just be the best part of your day, and exactly what you need to run your race to victory (1 Corinthians 9:24).