I broke my own “rule” the other day. I got up, and as I was expecting an important message, the first thing I did was check my phone. Then I thought I might as well check my emails. The next thing I knew I was scrolling through my newsfeed. As I did, I felt a rising anxiety. I mean, what in today’s news doesn’t feed stress and anxiety? It took me a moment to realize why I was feeling this way. I had broken my own “rule” and allowed the world to be the first voice to speak to me that morning.
My normal pattern is to meet with God and hear from Him before I allow any other voice to speak into my life. I definitely like to be up on the news and world events, but I want to hear God’s voice before any other. King David wrote:
“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You;” (Psalm 63:1; NKJ)
I would put this to you: who you hear from first will set the tone of your entire day! Will you allow the world to have its say first? If so, it is likely going to speak stress, negativity, outrage, confusion, and every manner of worldly value into your mind, heart, and soul. I doubt those are really the things you want setting the tone for your day. Or will you follow David and listen to the voice of God early in the morning? If so, you will begin your day with a heart and mind filled with truth, wisdom, purpose, and peace.
Perhaps, it is roughly analogous to what you have for breakfast. Eggs, fruit, whole grains, will sustain you all day. On the other hand, a sugary coffee and donut will only leave you with regrets! You might get away with that nutritionally barren start to your day for a while, but sooner or later it will catch up with you.
Is it any coincidence that the Word of God is known to us as sustaining food? Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4; NKJ)
Suffering Job said, “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” (Job 23:12; NKJ)
Indeed, it is the word of God that feeds and nourishes our minds and souls. It is our blessing and privilege as the children of God that we can speak with our Heavenly Father any time of the day. Righteous Daniel prayed three times a day. (Daniel 6:10) Paul even said to pray constantly! (1 Thessalonians 5:17) David said that he meditated on the Word of God all day long. (Psalm 119:97) We can hear God speak, and we can speak with him any time of the day. But may I suggest that the very best time to speak with God is early in the day? Let God’s voice through His Word be the first thing you hear in the morning. Don’t worry, the news feed, and social media, and clamor of the world will still be there. But I encourage you to fill your heart first with the peace, wisdom, and hope of the Word of God!