I suspect that most people have some sort of morning routine/ritual. Even if it’s just a pattern of hitting the snooze bar a few times before panic sets in causing them to hit the ground running!
Some of us prefer a large breakfast to help fuel our bodies through the entire day; others may prefer a cup (or 3) of coffee to energize them until lunch time. Regardless of our differing preferences for filling the physical tank, I think we’d all agree that we need some sort of nourishment to get through the day.
Isaiah certainly did, and I loved running across this reminder from him recently, “Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.” (Isaiah 33:2)
Wanting to know more precisely what Isaiah was asking God for; I looked up the original word for “strength” and found that it meant “arm or shoulder.” Isaiah wanted God to be like an arm to him – to fight for him and help carry his burdens. And if the enemies (or life) became too much, Isaiah longed for God to be a shoulder to lean on – for comfort, for strength, for assurance.
I’m pretty decent at asking God for help when life is overwhelming to me, but I really appreciated the reminder that I need His arm and shoulder EVERY morning – I simply cannot survive a day without Him.
Bacon, eggs, coffee, and a huge dose of God as my strength – not a bad way to start the day! –Dave
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