Morning Drive“I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.” Psalm 119:147
The essence of Satan’s deception is that we can live our lives independently of God. He doesn’t care if we believe in God or fill our schedules with a lot of spiritual activities – as long as he can get us to run on our own steam rather than living in conscious dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit.
Six times in the Old Testament, we read that David “inquired of the Lord” ( 1 Sam. 23:2, 4; 30:8; 2 Sam. 2:1; 5:19, 23). David knew he was nothing apart from God, that he could not make it on his own. In fact, the first thing he did each morning –before turning to the business of the day – was to turn his heart toward the Lord in prayer. “In the morning you hear my voice” (Ps. 5:3).
Too often I find myself turning my attention to the details and tasks of the day without first taking time to “inquire of the Lord”. What I’m really saying (though I’d never actually say it) is that I can handle this day on my own. I can do my work, keep my home, handle my relationships, and deal with my circumstances just fine, all by myself. I don’t really need Him.
Sometimes I sense He may be saying to us, “You want to manage this day yourself? Go ahead!” Then, even though we can create a lot of dust and activity, we ultimately end up having nothing of real value to show after a day spent making our own decisions and operating in our own strength.
Only by humbling ourselves and acknowledging that we cannot make it without Him—that we need Him—can we count on His divine enabling to carry us through the day.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss—The Quiet PlaceRead Previous Articles