The First Words of the Day

How did your day start?

I’ve long encouraged people to rise a little earlier than they really have to in order to start the day with God. That practice may be the most meaningful part of my day.

Starting the day with God can take several forms. You can pray, read Scripture, meditate and memorize Scripture, or simply sit quietly acknowledging God and His goodness. All of these are helpful. I recommend them all.

Today my day began with a wonderful surprise. On my phone screen from the YouVersion Bible App were these words:

“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10, NASB).

Those words were given by the prophet to the people of Israel in exile. God had big things for them to do. They were to leave the only land most of the people had ever known to return to Jerusalem and the land of Israel to rebuild and to follow God.

They had plenty to fear and be anxious about, but they also had the promises of our Righteous God. God was encouraging them to be righteous and obedient.

You have plenty to make you anxious and obedient.

What would God say to you today? The Word of God speaks loudly to me today: “Do not be fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.”

When I begin my day in this way, I always have a good day. I pray the same for you.

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2 Responses

  1. Amen! Gotta meet God in the morning if you want Him through the day (“The Secret”). I begin each morning quoting Isaiah 64:1a and Revelation 22:20b: “Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down . . . Come, Lord Jesus.” Then I personalize a version of a prayer I believe can be attributed to Luther: “Lord Jesus help me to live today as though you died for my sins before breakfast, rose from the dead for my justification before noontime, and are returning to bring me into Your glory before bedtime.” Then I “get on” with my day.

  2. I love this app. I love the daily verses, plus the ability to quickly change from one version (NIV) to another (NKJV) or (CSB) to see how each one connects with each other.

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