In the Bible we read of historical events from all the well known people we have come to love over the years. These people have become like friends to us since we spend so much time reading of them, talking about them, and analyzing every detail that is recorded for us. Sometimes little details pop up frequently and it behooves us to discuss them. Such is the case for how often we come across a particular time period that often was used by Biblical figures: “early in the morning”. If you search for that phrase in the Scriptures, you’ll find that in the NKJV it is used 38 times. All of them have significance as to why the events are being done first thing in the day, but let us discuss just a few in this article.
Genesis 22:3, “So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.” Abraham is told to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God. This makes no logical sense considering that Abraham had been waiting to conceive this promised child for quite a while now, but Abraham had learned that humble obedience was the way to be pleasing to Jehovah. So it is fitting that the old, wise Abraham would not waste any time when he was commanded to go. It’s a beautiful nuance that he wouldn't be looking forward to killing his own son, but he made it a priority to obey God as soon as possible.
1 Samuel 17:20, “So David rose early in the morning, left the sheep with a keeper, and took the things and went as Jesse had commanded him. And he came to the camp as the army was going out to the fight and shouting for the battle.” David was charged by his father Jesse to bring food to his brothers and see their condition. He did not delay in obeying his father. First thing in the morning, leaving the sheep with a caretaker, and did what his father commanded. It is no surprise then to see a man obeying his physical father later obeying his Spiritual Father in such a reverent way.
John 8:2, “Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.” Even our Lord had habits. We read of him waking early in the morning to be by himself in communication with God in prayer as well as waking early to begin his day of teaching the people. He knew how valuable His time was during his 3 year ministry, and no doubt He used every minute with care.
This is not to say that we all must be chipper morning people, but there is a valuable lesson in noticing what the heroes of our faith did when they arose early in the morning in service to God. Let us resolve to use our time wisely and put God first in our priorities.