“Repent, therefore and turn into the blotting out of your sins when the special times of refreshing comes from the face of the Lord.” (Acts 3: 19 NRT)
Why do we set apart time to read the Bible? Why do we pray? Why do we sit with a meek and quiet spirit waiting for the voice of the Lord each day?
Why? Because there is something that comes from God, we can get nowhere else. Unlike the professional athlete who can find it impossible to reenact the inspiration of game day in another setting, we can know the motivating, merciful, and miraculous power of the Lord brand new each morning.
Actually, this is our first responsibility. George Mueller, the great missionary to the orphans said, “I saw more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord. The first thing to be concerned about was not, how much I might serve the Lord, how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man may be nourished . . . I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God and to meditation on it, that thus my heart might be comforted, encouraged, warned, reproved, instructed; and that thus, while meditating, my heart might be brought into experimental communion with the Lord.” —George Mueller George Mueller, A Narrative of Some of the Lord’s Dealing with George Muller, Written by Himself, Jehovah Magnified. Addresses by George Muller Complete and Unabridged, 2 Vols. (Muskegon, Mich.: Dust and Ashes, 2003), 1:271-1:272.
Every morning’s devotion is meant to do two big things in us. Number one, every morning’s devotion should realign us and turn us into the narrow track of God refreshing presence and blot up all our detours, delays, and distractions. Like a car getting ready to be washed, we’re pulling up and getting on track before pulling into being washed. Number two, every morning’s devotion should be a foretaste of the coming of the Messiah. This is why when we rise from our devotions we will go out to the work of our day having been made a preview of God’s coming kingdom.
Take great delight in fulfilling your first responsibility. Let it be the first domino that falls into whatever else you need to do today.