Thursday, November 19, 2020

Spiritual Starvation

 By: Shari A. Miller

I don’t know about you, but I am not a morning person. As I walk in the footsteps of someone who is terminally ill, it can be very painful to get out of bed in the morning. My whole body aches, my feet at times are wrecked with neuropathy. When my feet hit the floor it feels like 1000 little needles are jabbing into my feet, as if they are waking me up to a new day.  This morning my son said I looked like a penguin walking around the house. I kind of chuckled when he said it, but he was right. Until I’m able to get woken up and have taken my proper medications, things just don’t go that well. 

My brain also doesn’t function at 100% when I first wake up. Sometimes my brain feels a little bit like scrambled eggs until I’m able to get my morning started.  Once I've sat and had my breakfast, and had some time to get acclimated to the day, things go so much better.


The same thing happens with the spiritual side of our day. We need to wake up, spend time with our Savior in prayer and reading His Word. When we do, our day goes so much better and we are ready to face the day. However, my days sometimes get started later then normal and I miss this important part of my day. After all these years I'm ashamed to admit it but yes, sometimes it happens. What about you? Does this ever happen to you too?

"But he answered, It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." - Matthew 4:4

At the time I find it easy to make excuses like, "Oh, I'll do it tomorrow" or "God won't mind, He understands what I'm going through." Well, the truth is God does not condone being put last. He wants every part of us, nothing less than 100%. When we fall into the trap of not spending time with Him we are heading towards....spiritual starvation.

I know that we've probably heard what I'm going to say a million times before, but that doesn't make it any less important. Plus, it's always good to be reminded of it. As Christians, it is of the utmost importance that we spend time in God's Word. It's important to let the other things go that we think are so important and make Him the most important thing in our lives.

My favorite time of day to spend time with God is in the morning. Not only am I getting physically fed in the morning but I'm also getting spiritual fed. If I forget to spend time with God I feel like I'm lost during the day. I haven't connected with God and asked Him to walk with me in all that I do. I haven't hid His Word in my heart so I'm lost when trials arise and I don't have Scripture to look back on and to glean from. Just like we need to be physical feed, we also need to be spiritual feed everyday. That way we can face the day with Jesus by our side.

"With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." - Psalm 119:10-

I want to challenge you friends to rise every morning with Jesus first and foremost in your lives. Make a commitment to God. Draw near to Him and I promise you that He will draw near to you as well.

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