Early in the morning, my puppy Carlyle, likes to play rather than to eat. Sure, when I first put his food down, he’ll race over to it and take a few bites, but then, toys are on his mind.
It does not matter if I put all of his toys away the night before, he will still leave his food bowl in search of his toys. He will visit each spot where his toys have been previously in search of them, all the while, I’m telling him to eat his food.
Kinda obedient, each time I tell him to eat, he will wander back towards his food bowl, take a nibble and wander off again when I’m not looking. It’s not that he has a beef with his food – oh contraire. Rather, it is that he simply wants to play.
We can sometimes be like Carlyle.
When we wake up in the morning, we want to play in our make-up and beauty regimen trinkets and toys instead of eating the Word of God.
We would rather cater to our outside instead of catering to our inside.
Our soul needs to be fed with the meat of the Bible before we leave home, but so often, we, like Carlyle, get distracted. We wander around our homes finding the right outfit and shoes, grooming the outside while leaving our inside – our spirit man – unsatisfied.
So, let’s take a lesson from Carlyle. Let’s endeavor to feed our spirits in the morning. Let us put away toys in search of real satisfaction that comes from feasting on the Word.
God wants us to delight in Him and seek Him early. Let’s focus on what God wants instead of what we choose or think we need. For some, your toy may be coffee, make-up, perfect shoes, perfect hair, a big breakfast or time in your comfy chair. But God is watching. He monitors us and desires that we have enough to eat spiritually before we jump out into the world for the day.
He wants us to have enough nourishment to fight off the attacks of the enemy. He wants us to be sustained. But for all of this to occur, we need to do something: Seek Him first. Feed on His Word. And He will sustain you.
When Carlyle gets hungry enough, he’ll come over and finish up his food. But we can’t afford to wait like Carlyle can. We need to be on the offensive instead of the defensive. We should be nourished first to fight instead of getting beat up and then having to retreat to the Word to get filled up again.