Pr. 6:10: “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep–so shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man.”
This verse is the truth that wakes me up in the mornings with the focus on getting into the Word. There were seasons in the past when I chose to sleep instead of getting up and spending time with God. Then, as I never made quality time throughout the rest of my day to be with God, quietly and slowly, poverty came into my soul.
Getting up in the mornings and going straight to the Word is what sets the tone for my day. Beginning my day with God’s truth is what re-emphasizes my focus and reminds me of my reason for living.
It seems harmless to miss a day or two of Bible reading. Not praying each day can seem like a small thing. It’s not as if we have to do these things to go to heaven. What happens, though, is that slowly our focus gets off the Lord and onto ourselves, our surroundings, or the world. Without realizing it we begin to think we can do life on our own, without the Lord, and we forget that we can do nothing apart from Him.
This is how satan distracts us from our purpose. Slowly we drift away, begin to think we have it all figured out, forget we need a Savior, and maybe even thinking that we don’t need one at all.
Like a prowler who is very sneaky, the changes in our lives happen so subtly that we do not see them happening. Eventually we might find ourselves in a compromising situation or a place we never imagined we’d be. We may come to a point where we wonder how we wandered so far away from our values, our beliefs, our calling, or our Father.
The cool thing about God is that He is the strongest when we are the weakest. That means that at our very worst, He is at His very best. When we realize He’s not our main focus, admit that we need Him, and surrender to His will and His leading, He can do so many amazing things through our lives. What the enemy meant for evil, God will use for good; and can actually use it to save other lives.
Don’t let the enemy distract you from investing in your relationship with Christ. We have a Savior because we need One. He is the source of strength, our Provider, our Comforter, and our eternal hope. Of all the things you do each day, spending time with Him is the most important one of all. Don’t slumber. Make the time.
I can tell you, for a fact, that your purpose in life isn’t just to make it through the day. Get into His Word and remind yourself that there is a much higher purpose for which you were created. People are counting on you to fulfill it.
Enjoying His presence,
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