Understanding that Comes at Dawn

If you believe in something, it will be evident by your choices. Your conviction will result in more than the understanding that fuels explanations and theory; there will be a practice that displays the trust you have placed in that thing. If your belief is based in truth, that display should actually build on itself. In other words, if you’re acting in accordance with your beliefs and those beliefs are based in truth, your actions will become habits.

“The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary.
Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will. The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me, and I have listened. I have not rebelled or turned away.” (Isaiah 50:4-5)

If you believe in God as Lord and are connected to Him relationally, your desires will increasingly align with His. The desire to help those that are “weary” will align with His heart for the broken and forgotten. That belief, those desires and such alignment won’t happen in a “one and done” fashion, however. It will happen morning by morning.

Morning by morning, you will wake up and seek deeper understanding of His will. In His faithfulness, as you draw near to Him, He will provide that understanding. The practice of persistently searching will shape your character because it will require a sacrifice. That sacrifice, at a minimum, is time. It may include sleep. It could require a choice that puts it above another option (breakfast, business, social media, etc.). The sacrifice for connection, however, will most certainly have a return on the investment.

Growth comes in the seeking and seeking, according to this passage, starts in the morning. There is something special about mornings. The dawning of a new day presents fresh mercies and new hope. The challenge of yesterday starts to give way to the hope of tomorrow.

Recently, I had a special morning where my understanding grew. It was one of many mornings, however, and not every one is as impactful as another. They build on each other. The relationship grows in the discipline and sacrifice and relationship is what fosters trust. Trust allows for sharing and sharing feeds understanding.

I suppose that kind of searching out doesn’t have to come in the morning and would never suggest that it can only happen in the A.M. Still, there is something special about mornings. We are all invited; morning by morning.

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