Devotion for July 14, 2023

“Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the LORD.” (Genesis 19:27)

Abraham was known as “the Friend of God” (James 2:23). What an honor! But the secret of his greatness is easy to overlook: “Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the LORD.” He started his day with God. Do you?

The way you get up in the morning sets the tone for your day. So try this: First thing tomorrow, get alone with God for a few minutes and go over your plans for the day. As you’re going over them, you will have some concerns. Just hand them over to Him. Maybe you will notice a particular problem you’re worried about. Ask Him for wisdom. The Bible says He will give it to you gladly (see James 1:5). If He doesn’t give you an immediate answer, realize it’s because He wants you to trust Him. He has something in mind, something that you haven’t thought of yet.

So many of us start our day anxious, hurried, fearful, or rushed. But you don’t have to. You’re going to start your day anyway; why not start it with God? You’re going to have a first thought anyhow, so why not let it belong to God before whom all our anxieties flee? When you’re having a bad day, pause and ask yourself, “Did I start this day with God, or did I forget to include Him?”

Here are two Scriptures you need to consider: “In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly” (Psalm 5:3). “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days” (Psalm 90:14).


Lord, let my first thoughts be of You, and let me live my day continually in prayer with You. I believe in Your promises and pray that You will guide me each and every day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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