Feeding on God’s Word

A mom beginning to schedule planned to awake at 6:30 a.m., but struggled to rise to her alarm. However, when her hungry baby cried at 5:45 a.m., without hesitation she went to feed him and enjoyed the earlier start to her morning. 

There are two lessons in this situation. First, shouldn’t we be like those sweet infants who wake up early crying for their milk except that our cries would be for the sincere milk of the Word?

Second, while you wouldn’t ignore the cries of a hungry baby early in the morning, might you ignore the alarm clock going off to get you up for your time with the Lord? Might you decide you need a little more sleep, turn it off, and roll over?

What are you hungry for first thing in the morning? What does it take to get you up to spend time with Jesus?

Trusting in Jesus,

“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk
of the word, that ye may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2). 

12 thoughts on “Feeding on God’s Word”

  1. This is such a good picture as a reminder – He rewards our times with Him just as He promised. How good it is to drink from the river of His Word, a steadfast love fresh and new every morning. It’s an amazing thing that He wants our personal devotion; how can we neglect so great a relationship! God bless you…

  2. Thank you for that word Mrs. Maxwell, very convicting but needful for us moms to hear that truth in love.

    I struggle many times to wake up early for time with the Lord, but when I read part of this verse in Isaiah 50:4, “…He awakens Me morning by morning…” my struggle all but ceased. Now when I go to bed I ask the Lord to awaken me the next morning and when I do wake early I ALWAYS thank Him for awakening me!

    Even so, each morning I have to make the choice (which is many times not easy!) to get out of bed when He awakens me; God does His part but I also have to do mine 🙂

    When my body is very tired some mornings I still wake early but discipline myself to take a short nap that afternoon. This is a challenge because I’m not keen for napping but the Lord graciously helps me and the rewards for putting His Kingdom first (Matt. 6:33) cannot be measured!

    1. What a sweet thing to ask the Lord to wake you in the morning and then have the delight of Him doing it. Agreed – then you must choose to be obedient and get up.

  3. Hi Teri,
    I have trouble staying awake in the morning even now when I get up and make my bed and sit in a chair. If I shower first I find it almost impossible to not get drawn into the day, probably because I have been doing it so long. I’m 54.

  4. Thank you for the encouragement! We usually find time to do what we want to do. May God give us a hunger and a thirst for His word.

  5. I want to thank you for the motivation. I have long been a bedtime devotions person, and I still believe that there is nothing wrong with doing it that time of day. Lately, however, I had gotten myself into a bad habit. I am a preschool teacher at a church-run program. After a long day of work, then school prep (or other school obligations), family, or church activities in the evening, by the time later evening rolls around, I am often tired. Frequently, I found myself lounging on my couch–getting nothing productive done around my house–until I eventually pulled myself to bed. This affected my mornings. I would sleep in as late as possible, giving myself just enough time to get ready and out the door. I knew I needed to make a change, but never did anything about it.

    Your post was the encouragement that I needed. I have started going to bed earlier. I now set my alarm for earlier in the morning, as well. I get up, have my devotions, and then get ready for the day. I now have time to accomplish a household task before I leave for work. My mornings have margin time, and I am getting my days off to a productive start. With enough determination, it is possible to change.

    1. What a great testimony. Sounds like the change has been productive for you in more ways than simply having more quality devotions time by accomplishing a household chore, too, that you might be too tired to do when left to the evening. Thank you for encouraging all of us.

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