Begin Your Day With God

Hudson Taylor:

Do not have your concert first and tune your instruments afterward. Begin the day with God.

There are a multitude of reasons that we need to start the day with God. If we knew and saw all that He knows and sees it would probably frighten us to death. Some wonderful parts of God*s blessing to believers are those things that He has not permitted us to know and those things that He has not permitted to happen to us. He is just as loving in the things He withholds as in the things He provides.

Deuteronomy 29:29: The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Deuteronomy 18:14b: . . . as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.

Frances Ridley Havergal:

What a stepping stone! We give thanks, often with a tearful, doubtful voice, for our spiritual mercies positive; but what an almost infinite field there is for mercies negative! We cannot even imagine all that God has suffered us not do do, not to be.

God even limits the evil we can do!

Jeremiah 3:5: Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest.

Job 14:5: Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;


We don*t need to figure everything out when we have someone smarter than us who has already figured everything out, knows what is best for us, is eager to reveal to us what we need to know and knows what things would harm us if we knew them.

Sometimes He even shortens our lives to keep us from evil.

Isaiah 57:1: The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

We have no clue about the devastations that He protects us from when we simply ask Him to deliver us from evil.

It is evidence of His love that He leads us just one step at a time.

Psalms 37:23a: The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: . . .

He knows exactly what we can handle today and what we will not be able to handle until tomorrow.

Matthew 6:34: Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

James 4:14-15: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

If we knew everything, we could safely depend upon ourselves and wouldn*t need Him. As things are we desperately need to trust Him and seek His guidance.

Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Rather than be troubled about what we do not know we ought to rejoice and know that what God knows is more important. And that He knows what to do with what He knows.

Ephesians 6:12: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Because we cannot even see what we are fighting against we need to ask for His guidance before every decision, large or small.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Psalms 97:1: The Lord reigneth, let the earth rejoice.

Causes for disquietude there are none so long as this blessed sentence is true. On earth the Lord*s power as readily controls the rage of the wicked as the rage of the sea; His love as easily refreshes the poor with mercy as the earth with showers. Majesty gleams in flashes of fire amid the tempest*s horrors, and the glory of the Lord is seen in its grandeur in the fall of empires, and the crash of thrones. In all our conflicts and tribulations, we may behold the hand of the divine King.

*God is God; He sees and hears
All our troubles, all our tears.
Soul, forget not, *mid thy pains,
God o*er all for ever reigns.*

In hell, evil spirits own, with misery, His undoubted supremacy. When permitted to roam abroad, it is with a chain at their heel; the bit is in the mouth of behemoth, and the hook in the jaws of leviathan. Death*s darts are under the Lord*s lock, and the grave*s prisons have divine power as their warder. The terrible vengeance of the Judge of all the earth makes fiends cower down and tremble, even as dogs in the kennel fear the hunter*s whip.

*Fear not death, nor Satan*s thrusts,
God defends who in Him trusts;
Soul, remember, in thy pains,
God o*er all for ever reigns.*

In heaven none doubt the sovereignty of the King Eternal, but all fall on their faces to do Him homage. Angels are His courtiers, the redeemed His favourites, and all delight to serve Him day and night. May we soon reach the city of the great King!

*For this life*s long night of sadness
He will give us peace and gladness.
Soul, remember, in thy pains,
God o*er all for ever reigns.*

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