Hey Joy Treasure Friends! Pour yourself a cup of coffee and let this quote from E.M. Bounds sink DEEP into your heart today. It's a convicting one.
E.M. Bounds said, "Morning listlessness is a sign of a listless heart. The heart that is slow in seeking God in the morning has lost its relish for God."
Nothing like a quote like this to get you thinking about your heart on a Thursday morning. When E.M. Bounds wrote this quote, it was back in the late 1800's and people don't describe things like this anymore. Today we might say, "I can't seem to get up and meet with God' or I can't seem to find time to have my quiet time." But what E.M. is saying is that a believer has lost his or her interest and love for God if he or she cannot get up to meet with Him in the morning. Below are Webster's Dictionary meanings for the words listless and relish:
" Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me." Psalm 51:2
What E. M. is saying here is, let me paraphrase in today’s language- a lack of interest in meeting with God in the morning is more than a feeling but in actuality, it IS the status of your present heart. To be listless in the morning is to be disinterested in seeking God in the morning. Seeking God in the morning takes discipline and we are either seeking Him or not. We are either giving Him our time or not.
E.M. is not giving a go-pass for missing quiet times. In fact, he is calling believers OUT into reality. He isn’t sugar coating any excuse. He is saying lack of desire to meet God in the morning means your heart lacks desire to meet with God period.
Why do I point this out? Because I think we can truly laugh it off or make excuses about missing our quiet time with God. But this apathy you feel in the morning to meet with God, this continual can't seem to get it together in the morning kind of attitude reveals a heart that has become cold toward God.
If you continually find yourself waking up with this apathetic feeling for meeting with God in the morning pray. Don't stop praying. And get up even if you don't feel like it. Watch God do amazing things during that early morning time!