Updated: Oct 1
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
I am always looking for God. I get up every morning looking for him. If I ignore him then inevitably I try to find him through something worldly or destructive.
G.K. Chesterton once said, "Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God".
Now this is an extreme example or maybe not.
Think of all of our idols, things that we think will make us joyful or satisfied and they do not.
All men have idols. We in our instant gratification culture of the West get them more readily, but even in poorer less affluent cultures men and women find idols.
We all yearn for something….
C.S. Lewis said: “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
From John Wayne in the movie “Chisum”, “… no matter where people go, sooner or later there's the law. And sooner or later they find God's already been there.
So how are we to find God in the morning so he is with us throughout the day?
God speaks to us through his living word. Through the inspired word of God we are told first to believe, have faith. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
We should all develop a routine of devotions, a time of sincere naming of our sins (1 John 1:9), praise and gratitude to our Lord and God, and then petitions (Mark 7:7). Remember we have a relationship with our creator. We pray, we listen, we enjoy.
Jesus is in the details of our daily life. Joy is found in him and nothing else.
Reading his Holy Word every day is key to our relationship.
Though prayer and the filling of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16) we are mentored by Jesus.
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one God, yet they are three persons. In our afflictions and sufferings we will encounter God the Father’s care and tenderness, and our Lord and Savior’s redeeming love to cover all our sins, and the Holy Spirit’s sustaining of our faith so that in life’s tribulations we experience the presence of each divine person.
The spirit is given to us to make much of Jesus, so learn how to make much of him throughout your day.
Meditate on who you are through Christ and what you would be without him.
Then we can take Christ, our savior into every mundane aspect of life. When we eat for example God has provided. While we sleep (in complete helplessness) God sustains us, our loved ones and the world around us.
God reminds us that he is in control, we are not and that HE WILL provide for us so we can play and rest and leave our anxiety behind.
We may wake up looking for God but the fact remains that no matter where we look he has already been there.