Have trouble getting up early to read the scriptures? What about just in general?
Here’s some scriptures which offer inspiration and instruction to help us in this area. I recommend looking up the bible verse after each thought to see what the actual word of God has to say in this area.
Get up early, regularly, and have a certain place you regularly go to, so that when something big goes down, you know how, when, and where to meet God to talk it over. (Genesis 19:27)
When you know God has given some clear direction about something in your life, get up early and waste no time getting on it—especially when it’s something hard for you to do. (Genesis 21:14 and 22:3)
When God has met you in a special way the night before, get up early to worship him and contemplate what happened. (Genesis 28:18)
Get up early when, at the leading of the Lord, you have to face some major opposition that day. Run to the problem rather than delaying the confrontation. (Exodus 8:20 and 9:13)
Get up early to do the work God has given you to do. (Exodus 24:4)
Get up early when God has called you to seek him on behalf of others. (Exodus 34:4)
Get up early to follow the new direction God has given you. (Joshua 3:1)
When your calling requires diligent faithfulness to a pattern God has given you, get up early to be able to fight the battle for the kingdom God’s way. (Joshua 6:12)
When sin has messed things up, get up early to deal with it. (Joshua 7:16)
After you’ve failed, get up early to pursue God’s right way again. (Joshua 8:10)
Get up early to worship after you’ve received assurance that God has heard your prayers. (1 Samuel 1:19)
If someone close to you needs to be confronted because of failure or sin, get up early. (1 Samuel 15:12)
Get up early to take care of the most mundane task that you’ve been given to do…you never know what the day may bring… (1 Samuel 17:20)
If you ever fall in with the wrong crowd, get up early to get out of there. (Even non-believers know it’s the right thing to do.) (1 Samuel 29:10-11)
When you’re scared, but know the Lord is with you, get up early to face what He is going to walk you through. (2 Chronicles 20:20)
Get up early to pray for your family, even when it seems like they’re doing fine. You never know what’s coming. (Job 1:5)
Know what not to get up early for. (Isaiah 5:11)
Even when you feel like all is lost, get up early, and show your love for the Lord. You might be surprised with what you find. (Mark 16:2)
The Lord is teaching. Get up early to get taught. (Luke 21:38, John 8:2)
When you’ve suffered opposition and persecution, and the Lord has delivered you, get up at dawn to get right back to the work. (Acts 5:21)
Going through these scriptures, I was struck just by how much “getting up early” there is in the Bible. It seems like a pattern.
Are we seeing an example of part of a consistent, godly life?