I’m coming close to wrapping up my 30 days of getting up early! Here is one last post from the hubby on what the Bible says about getting up early…
Solitude is a good thing
I’m one of the biggest extroverts you will meet. I get energized by being around other people and most of my life I have hated being alone! But even though God wired me that way, I have grown to discover that we all have a great need to be alone. Mark 1:35 shows Jesus modeling this for us. It says…
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. — Mark 1:35
I love how Mark is very clear that Jesus sought out time to be alone. He got up when it was still dark…He left the crowded house behind…and He went to a solitary place to pray. Think about it…Jesus was hiding! Now, I could talk a lot about what I’ve learned from seeking out solitary places. In fact my first draft of this post was a lot longer until Megan had me trim it! So…hear are some quick thoughts for you to consider on this topic.
- Spending time alone is great for prayer. But I don’t think Jesus pulled out his prayer list from small group! I think His time in prayer included a lot more listening to The Father rather than talking to Him.
- Solitude is a great chance to listen to your own thoughts. Proverbs 27:19 is great verse to consider. If the thoughts of my heart reflect back to me who I really am, how can I really know myself if I’m afraid to be alone with just my thoughts?! Don’t be scared…get get alone!
- Setting up or finding your solitary places can have long-lasting effects. One of my favorite solitary places is in my car. And because of it, I look at it differently than most people look at their cars. Wherever your solitary place is…it will become special and sacred to you. You will remember everything God has spoken to you when you pass by it.
Saying Your Sorry
There is one last thing I want to mention about getting up early. Job 7:17-19 says,
“What is mankind that you make so much of them; that you give them so much attention,
that you examine them every morning and test them every moment?
Will you never look away from me, or let me alone even for an instant?”
Getting alone in the morning and having enough time to not rush through your time with Jesus is important for all the reasons we’ve already covered. But it’s also important because it gives us time to let God completely examine our hearts. And when I give Jesus adequate time for this, it normally ends with me confessing and agreeing with God that I’ve sinned…and then experiencing His grace all over again.
So many times growing up with three sisters…I had to say I was sorry. I almost always had something I was guilty of! I hated it. I hated to admit I was wrong. I was so defensive growing up and it was all a result of my self worth being built on being right. I wanted to be and feel right so badly that it kept me from feeling what I really needed.
I needed to feel forgiven and loved.
So don’t forget to make time in your mornings for God to examine your heart. And don’t let it end with you feeling bad about what He finds. Let it end with Jesus reminding you that stuff died with Him on the cross…
…and then go get your kids up and get ’em to school! You’ve got a busy day…but you’ve got Jesus on your side.