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Thursday, May 8, 2014

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The other morning I slowly awoke and became aware of things before I usually wake up.  I tried to guess the time. The bedroom of my Moscow apartment was still dark.  No birds or neighbors could be heard.  I finally looked at my watch and it was 4:10 a.m.  I groaned.  Why would I wake up so early---and feel so refreshed---when I could get two more hours of sleep?  Then I wondered whether God was giving me a chance to spend a little extra time with Him.

One of my favorite verses is Isa. 50:4, which says: “He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.”  I like the idea of God gently awakening me to spend time with Him and be instructed.

But what if we don’t listen?  God reproved the Israelites for refusing to spend time with Him.  He said in verse 13: “I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you, but you did not answer.”  Because the Israelites persisted in doing evil deeds, God said He would cast them out of His sight (verse 15).

A connection exists between spending time with God and avoiding evil.  More time with God means less time to consider sin and being in touch with the “Enemy.”  Sleep has its benefits, but sleep is nothing compared to quality time spent with our Creator, with our heavenly Father.

Prayer: “Dear God, wake me up each morning to spend extra time with You.  I may be sleepy or grumpy at times.  But I know that a few extra minutes with You will change that.  Amen.”

Andrew McChesney
Journalist in Russia