I find that the days I start with God are the best. He’s like a good cup of coffee: I breathe deeply of its aroma, savor its taste, enjoy its warmth on a cold morning, and let its goodness stir me into action for the day. It makes getting up in the morning something to look forward to, and I carry the happy memory of it throughout the day.
When I start the day off with God, I have the assurance that He is with me, He’s on my side, and He hears my prayers and will answer them. It’s a wonderful reassurance to have. Just like I love to hear my husband say: “Call me if something comes up or you need anything. I look forward to seeing you this evening. I love you.” When God promises to spend the day with me and be there to help me in whatever comes up, I know that’s what He’ll do. He’s a true gentleman, and He cannot break His Word. He says: “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me,”1 and “My Presence will go withyou, and I will give you rest.”2
When I seek Him first thing in the morning, His presence tends to linger throughout the day, bringing with it an awareness of His nearness and ability to lead and guide my thoughts and actions to be as productive as they can be. The connection has been made, and after that, it’s easier to retain the thought of Him throughout the day.
The stillness of the morning, before all the busyness of the day floods into our mind, is a perfect time to hear God whisper into the ears of our soul. He loves to hear from us through our prayers, but He also loves to communicate back. He can give us wisdom, inspiration, and ideas, as well as peace. Whether we need some practical guidance, spiritual insight, or just peace of mind to get us through the day, it’s worth taking the time to seek, hear, and know Him.
Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life. Be sure that you never try to work God into your schedule, but always work your schedule around Him.—Joyce Meyer (b. 1943)