One of my favorite psalms is Psalm 127, which famously declares, "Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain."
The Lord builds and watches over our life as we maintain a relationship with him. God is a living God. A healthy Christian has more than just head-knowledge and good theology. He has daily intimacy with Jesus. The Holy Spirit teaches us of Jesus. He is called the counselor, which in the Greek is "parakeltos," the one who comes near to comfort and exhort.
How then is this relationship with God built? The three essentials for the believer in Christ are: fellowship with other Christians (Hebrews 11:25), prayer, and the study of the Scriptures. The Bible encourages us to seek God in the morning. The reward for seeking God is seen in both the Old and New Testament. David uttered these beautiful words in Psalm 5, "Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; morning by morning, I lay my request before you and wait in expectation." The Amplified Bible in Proverbs 8:17 declares, "I (wisdom) love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me." Hebrews 11:6 states that "God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."
Does your morning allow time for God? One friend said morning time is so precious that if we could bottle it and sell it we could make a fortune. For me, to leave the house without having first prayed and looked into God's Word is rather like not dressing for the day.
Morning time is not necessary for salvation but it is the key to a life that is guided and fruitful in Christ. Jesus himself rose early while it was yet dark to seek the Father. For me, a cup of coffee, notebook and pen, and an open Bible are the best way to start the day. It is there that God speaks to me and I to Him. It is there that I pour my life out to Him and He guides my decisions.
In the time of Moses, the people were guided by a visible cloud and a pillar of fire that directed their travels. We are guided by God's Word. "Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." Psalm 119:105
Are you allowing Jesus to build your life? Do you have the joy of a personal intimate relationship with Him? He can establish your marriage and family, your work and your character. Jesus said, "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." John 15:7¬8
Morning time with Jesus can become a positive and life changing addiction. May God grant you a close Spirit-filled relationship with the Savior that He might build and guard your life. How wonderful that God desires to be intimate with us!
Roger Scalice is pastor of Streams of Grace Church, 455 S. Kirkland Road, Golden Valley. He can also be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 565-9611.