Psalm 16:8-9, 11 “I keep the Lord before me always. Because he is close by my side, I will not be hurt. So I rejoice and am glad. Even my body has hope, 11 You will teach me how to live a holy life. Being with you will fill me with joy; at your right hand I will find pleasure forever.
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”
“A good breakfast will stick with you the entire day”
“The breakfast of champions”
“Eat your breakfast and change the world”
These and many more quotes have probably been quoted to you since you were a child and you probably have quoted them to your children. It turns out scientists have proven, mother knows best. After years of research they too will tell you that breakfast is important for your day. In short, breakfast will break your overnight fasting period, replenish your supply of glucose to boost your energy levels and alertness and will provide other essential nutrients for good health.
As important as breakfast is for our body, Jesus has shown us that we need a spiritually nutritious breakfast too. Proverbs 31:15 tells us how a virtuous woman wakes early to make good for her home. In Psalm 63:1 David claims God as his God and he will seek Him early. Also, in Psalm 90:4, David asks God to satisfy him in the morning with His steadfast love. Jesus knew He needed spiritual replenishing from His Father first thing and in Mark 1:35 we read how Jesus got up early, found a place of solitude and spent time in prayer.
In John 4 Jesus had just finished talking with the woman at the well and when his disciples had turned the talk to food, in John 4:32 Jesus proceeds to tell them He has food they do not know about. Not understanding, they wonder if someone else brought Jesus food. Jesus says in John 4:34 “My food is to do what the One who sent me wants me to do and to finish his work.”
Jesus was saying that although physical food filled the nutrients His body needed, spiritually He was motivated and energized by walking in His Father’s footsteps and doing his Father’s will. If we too want to be like Jesus, we need to let our lives flow from the inside out, be spiritually nourished ready to face each new day.
So, how do we find “food for our soul”? By spending the first part of our day in the Bible, in prayer, in meditation and in praise and worship. When we fill our soul with Jesus at breakfast time, we will gain inner strength, energy, and vitality for our entire day. Spending time with Jesus will prepare us to go about doing the Lord’s will.
No matter where our day takes us, things, or people we may encounter, we will have been filled with Him. Having breakfast with God will keep us close to Him, our thoughts will be filled with Him and allow us to feel His heartbeat. This will help us to say and do what Jesus would say and do.
When you make your spiritual breakfast with God as a priority like you do your physical breakfast that you eat, you will feel prepared to face whatever the day may bring. Most likely you will also end the day less stressed and frustrated.
Matthew 6:33 tells us that when we seek God first everything else will be added to our lives. So, make Jesus your priority first thing in the morning. Be spiritually nourished along with breakfast and see what blessings come your way. Maybe even make this your morning prayer as Ellen White has shared, “Take me Lord as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me and let all my works be formed in Thee.”
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