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Get on Up

With remarkable frequency the Scriptures remind us that the men of God rose early to seek God and carry out His commands, as did Abraham, Jacob, Moses and Joshua (cf. Gen. 19:27, 22:3; Ex. 8:16, 9:13, 24:4; Josh. 3:1, 6:12, etc.). The Gospel, which never speaks a superfluous word, says of Jesus himself: “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed” (Mark 1:35). Some rise early because of restlessness and worry; the Scriptures call this unprofitable: “it is vain for you to rise up early…to eat the bread of sorrows” (Ps. 127:2). But there is such a thing as rising early for the love of God. This was the practice of the men of the Bible.

—Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 by Pastor Jerry Owen