I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for Christians, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength! (Eph. 1:17-19 MSG)
When I read these verses I desire for God to make me “intelligent and discerning in knowing Him personally, my eyes focused and clear, so that I can see exactly what it is He is calling me to do.” I want to give God my best. I want to give Him my “first fruits” so to speak. In order for this to happen I need time with Him, good quality time. TIME is essential for a good relationship with anyone, and especially with God.
If I attempt to spend quality undistracted time with God at night, it feels like I am giving Him my leftovers. Worn to a frazzle from working, I just crawl before Him and offer up what is left after a stressful day. Does He get mad at me for that? No, but He deserves better than that. He deserves my absolute best. Right? Right.
The Bible says in Proverbs 8:17, “I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me” (AMP). If you look up that word “early” it means: to dawn, that is, (figuratively) be (up) early at any task (with the implication of earnestness); by extension to search for (with painstaking), enquire early, rise (seek) betimes, seek (diligently) early, in the morning (Reference from Strong’s Concordance). I am not trying to be legalistic here and “make” you or anyone else seek the Lord first thing each day. What I am doing is telling you that in “my” life, I have seen HUGE results from doing so. I cannot tell you all the miraculous things the Lord has done each day since this practice has become a part of my life.
I don’t think verses like Proverbs 8:17 are in the Bible just to take up space. They are in there for us to see and to implement as a way of life. For this to happen there has to be a different mindset. Instead of trying to “work a time for God into our schedule,” we must determine to “work our schedule around our time with Him.” THAT is a life-changing statement. It all has to do with, “Seeking Him first…” (Matt. 6:33). And first always means first. I know this next statement is strong so “gulp” before you read it. “First means first, and either He is or He is not in that first place position in our lives.”
Make 2013 your best year ever by starting each day with Him who created and planned your day in advance. Get His insight first and watch in amazement as He does what only HE can do. I’m pretty sure you will be thrilled with the results.
Pastor Kevin Kinchen