Rising Early

Mark 1:35 – And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.

Have you researched how many occasions the followers of God in the Bible “rose early in the morning”? It is pretty fascinating. They rose to pray, to meditate, and to begin early in the day working for God. From Abraham, to Moses, to Job, to Joshua, to Ruth, to David, to Hezekiah, to Ezra, to Nehemiah and to Jesus. They all rose up early to get about their day, to meditate on God, and to do the things God called them to do. You can do a Bible search using a concordance and search for the word “early” or “before dawn” to see all the occasions of people waking up early.

Aristotle said, “It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.”

Evil wakes up early also!  It’s good to get a head start on them! Here are a ton of verses that show that darkness rises before daylight too! (Exodus 32:6; 2 Samuel 15:2; Psalm 36:4; Proverbs 4:16; Micah 2:1; Hosea 7:6-7; Zephaniah 3:7; Matthew 27:1)

There is plenty of help out there to give you practical tips for establishing a better sleep routine, and websites that demonstrate the health and wellness benefits of getting up early and having a regular sleep schedule.

For example, take a look at:

sleepfoundation.org

This may not be possible for everyone. These general principles of waking up early to devote time to God’s word and meditation, and also getting your day started earlier are going to help most of us if we commit to them.

Aaron Kemple

Author: Aaron Kemple

Romans 8:1 - There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.