Coffee is a blessings I never take for granted. When I awake in the morning the first place my feet go (after a quick bathroom trip of course) is the Kerig machine for my first cup of java. The smell, warmth, taste and jolt of that first morning cup gets my day going. Right now I am a “Dunkin Donut” guy but I go through phases where Starbucks or the old standby, Folgers, is my “best part of waking up.” Whatever the variety I have come to the firm belief I need coffee to get my day off on the right foot.
Sometimes I am amazed how much I depend upon coffee to get my day started. If I take the time to think about it, I am shocked at my dependence upon the stuff. Now I wouldn’t go as far as to say I have an addiction to coffee but I do have a healthy desire for the stuff. Perhaps the caffeine involved is a bit of a dependency for consideration, but, if need be, I can forgo the cup. But, then again, why would I ever do something so crazy as all that!
I write all of this to point out how wonderful it is to have coffee in my life. Could the same be said for my time in the Word of God each day? Could you say such? I must confess there are days I miss my time in the word. While not often, there are days when I miss out on my morning reading time. But, of this I am certain, there hasn’t been a day in which I have missed coffee in recent memory. Do I love coffee more than the word of God? The answer is unequivocally no! Then why the seeming disparity in the priority I give coffee and the Word of God?
The answer lies in the spiritual forces at work against us and the tyranny of time. I seriously doubt there has ever been a demon assigned to assault my morning cup of coffee. Coffee seems to have little or no affect upon my walk with God or how I love and live my faith. I feel quite confident there is no spiritual warfare going on in this area of my life. But, I am absolutely certain the enemy is doing all he can to keep me out of God’s word each day. There is nothing he enjoys more than discouraging me from taking the time to spend time with God in this way.
And the tyranny of time is another enemy of my time in God’s word. We are all busy and seemingly have an endless list of “to do’s.” We are pressed on every side by someone who needs us or something which needs to be done. Often we are tempted to “put off” our time with God in order to do something which appears to be more pressing in the moment. But, what is more important or of greater priority that time with our God?
Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ.” It is only in and through Christ that we can do what we are on earth to do. Jesus said, “apart from me you can do nothing.” We produce spiritual fruit only in proportion to our time with Jesus. Our life depends upon our time with God.
I won’t miss my morning coffee for the jolt, joy and power it brings to me mentally and physically. The devil does little to hide these benefits from me. I know I need the jolt, joy and power of the Word of God but the enemy of my soul is doing all he can to hide the benefits and need of such. Let’s pray for one another that his tactics will never win.
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