Many many years ago I was travelling with a good friend in the faith as we were presenting the ministry of Blue Mountain Christian School to various churches in our area. Often it was during the routine of their normal services when they would give us a few minutes to share about this new ministry. As it were, it was a Sunday night service at the First Baptist Church of Lebanon PA when after presenting our information that we sat under the preaching of their pastor.
His message was entitled “No Bible, No Breakfast” and he preached a Spirit filled message that convicted and convinced me to make the second vow of my life. The first vow was the one I made to be faithful in marriage to my first love and now wife of 46 plus years, and the second was made that Sunday night back in the late 70’s which was, “I would not take any daily nourishment into my body before I first fed my soul with the Word of God”. Simply put “No Bible, No Breakfast!”
God takes vows very seriously as we read in Numbers 30:2 “If a man makes a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.” Also in Psalm 56:12 “Vows made to You are binding upon me, O God. I will render praises to You..” As a result of that vow God has reminded me EVERY morning without fail these many decades to first take in the Word of God before a morsel of food touches my lips! For me, the best time to be in the Word of God is in the morning before I start my day as I believe these Scriptures illustrate.
Psalm 5:3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.
Psalm 59:16 But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble.
Psalm 88:13 But to You I have cried out, O Lord, And in the morning my prayer comes before You.
Psalm 143:8 Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.
As was Jesus custom as well: Mark 1:35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
As we approach the Lord in the morning with an open Bible on our lap praying, “O Lord open Thou mine eyes to behold wonderful things from Your Word” He answers and speaks to us from the miraculous pages of the Scriptures. He fills us with Himself for a day in which we need His strength to serve Him, to do His will, to endure the temptations facing us, to face the trials of life and ultimately to glorify His Son Jesus. The light of the world shines from our lives and all will see and glorify our Father in Heaven! No Bible, No Breakfast!
For a Scripture reading plan to start your day see The “Plus 30” Plan