As an exercise physiologist working with athletes over the years, I learned that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. The longest period of time we go without food and drink is when we sleep at night. So when we rise in the morning, we are to break the fast with a good, healthy breakfast to get us ready for the challenges of the day that await us.
Make no mistake; what we eat early in the morning will greatly impact the rhythms of the rest of our day. Yet as important as this meal is for the body, what we put into our minds and hearts as we begin each day is even more important.
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. (Psalm 143:8)
We are to break the fast with good physical food as well as good spiritual food.What better spiritual food for the hungry Christian than to feast on the Word of God when we rise in the morning? To be sure, what we put into our minds and hearts early in the morning will greatly impact the rhythms of the rest of our day as much as, if not more than, the physical food we eat. That is why the psalmist cried out, “Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love!”
With all of the voices that are trying to get our attention—and far too many trying to knock us off course—we absolutely need to break the fast every morning by spending time alone with God and His Word. Only God’s steadfast love can meet us in the place of our deepest need and satisfy our deepest longings of the soul.You see, God designed it that way. Made by God for God, we are never to find our satisfaction in anything smaller than God.
For in him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28)
Life was never intended to be lived apart from God. It is only in Him that we live, move, and have our being.Nothing smaller than God will give us the significance, meaning, and purpose that comes from living life before the face of God.It is always a better day when we start it alone with God.
Some say they simply don’t have the time. To that I reply, “You don’t have the time not to!” Only the daily reminders of Gospel truths can get us through the day with the freedom and joy Jesus has promised. Only God’s steadfast love will dismantle the idols we worship. Only God’s steadfast love can dislodge the affections of the heart that turn us from Jesus. And that is why we simply cannot afford to go charging off into the day without our morning meal with our Master, feasting on the promises of God.
Physical food is good. Spiritual food is better. Both together are the best way to start each day and break the fast.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!