The Morning Cometh
The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come. ~Isaiah 21:12
My favorite time of the day is the morning. There is something invigorating about waking up after a good night’s sleep, breathing in the morning air, reading my Bible, and praying. When I vacation, I purpose to wake up before the sunrise and then to watch as the sun starts to come up. Isaiah told the men of Edom, “The morning cometh.”
There is the approaching.
Isaiah was asked, “What of the night?” They were asking him how long it would be before the night was over. How much longer until the day dawns? The darkness of night gives us fear and anxiety. We do not see as well in the night. We tend to not venture far when it is night. We urgently want to know how much longer it will be until we see light. What a relief to know that the morning cometh! “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” The sun comes up in the morning. There is the blessing of the approaching morning.
There is the availability.
Morning teaches us of the opportunities that God gives us. There is the start of an opportunity. Sometimes, God gives us a first start. Other times, God gives us a fresh start. There is the span of an opportunity. Opportunities have a limited lifespan. We must make the most of our opportunities. We must go through a window of opportunity. When morning comes, we must work, for the night cometh, when no man can work. We don’t know how many more mornings God will give us, but we must treat each one separately as a special opportunity.
There is the arousal.
Knowing that the morning cometh is a great stimulus. It awakens us from our sleep. It motivates us to leave yesterday’s troubles behind. It energizes us to squeeze as many things into a day as we can. It stirs us to give the gospel to people who are lost. It moves us to not waste the day. We walk circumspectly and redeem the time. We live our life as if it is our last.
There is the admonition.
“And also the night.” Yes, the morning cometh, but the night soon follows that. Night is the end of the day. Night brings a season of darkness. When Joshua fought the five Canaanite kings, he was in hot pursuit of them from the mountains down to the valley area. He saw that the sun was starting to go down. He knew that once night came, he would lose the momentum that he had built up, and the kings could escape from him. So, he prayed and asked God to hold the sun still for one full day. God answered his prayer! It was the only prayer like that that God answered. Joshua knew that the morning cometh, and also the night. If you don’t serve God when it is morning, it is too late when the night comes. If you don’t surrender to serve God when the doors are open, it is too late when the night comes. If you don’t get saved in the morning, it is too late when the night cometh.
Be encouraged that the morning cometh. Seize the opportunities before you while it is day. Then, remember that Jesus, our Daystar and the Sun of Righteousness, is coming soon! Be awake, alert, and advancing!
Have an awakened God Morning!
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