Does anyone have some mornings like me where you just want to stay snuggled under the warm covers; where your toes dread the touch of cold wood floors?
For me, today was one of those days; it’s been a long hard week, the body is having some aches and pains, and my flesh protested the thought of rising this Sunday morning. My mind begins to rationalize and make excuses for not crawling out from under the covers: it’s okay if I skip service today – after all I’m there most of the time, no one will miss me, I deserve a day off, I can catch a sermon on TV, and the list grows. Despite all this, I toss back the covers making the decision that although the flesh protests – I will rise and march on into the day.
Super Saint I ain’t. Some days it truly is a sacrifice to offer up praises, to read my Bible, to meditate, to pray for others instead of only focusing on my little world of needs. At such times I find myself borrowing words and attitudes of David, Paul and other saints of old to encourage myself to march on. They never said we would always feel like doing what we should, sometimes it requires effort and commitment to continue on and follow through. We read such words as: David strengthened himself in the Lord, I press toward, I strain to reach, I bring a sacrifice of praise.
You and I have an adversary who would love to see us stay put – to not march on, to just pull the covers over our head and not engage in a day the Lord made, to not persevere in the things of God. There are great prizes Satan would like to keep us from; the pleasure of the Lord’s presence, the joy of fellowship with other Christians, divine encounters the Lord orchestrates, the chance to be encouraged and encourage others, to enjoy creation, the little God moments in each day, and mostly the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.
I am thankful we can confidently approach God’s throne of grace because we have a great High Priest who understands our weaknesses. That we can lay it out before him being honest in how we feel (even while we are still under the covers), then we find ourselves being able to say as the psalmist did, “When I pray, you answer me and encourage me by giving me the strength I need.” Psalm 138:3.
The Lord is always faithful, he is our daily provider, he is attentive to our prayers, he encourages our heart and he gives us the strength to daily march on. So before we go to bed this evening let us predetermine that tomorrow, we will – March On.