And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the LORD.
[Genesis 13:27 NKJV]
The Bible often talks of important or crucial events as happening ‘early in the morning’, or ‘at dawn’. Perhaps the most significant is “Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.” [Matthew 28:1 NKJV] The resurrection was discovered at first light — of course it was; what other time would have the significance?
In our verse this morning, Abraham stood before The Lord ... early in the morning; and not for the first time; and later when The Lord asked him to sacrifice Isaac as a test of faith it was ‘early in the morning’. Here, it was another significant moment when he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain; and he saw, and behold, the smoke of the land which went up like the smoke of a furnace. Everything was ‘going up in smoke’ and Lot’s wife had only just become ‘a pillar of salt’. Another test of faith.
We know and understand that our faith will be tested. This life is a time of testing — at least so my maternal grandparents believed, and I cannot say that they were wrong. Part of that test is surely how we maintain our relationship with the one who sustains us, Jesus Christ. I have told before of a precious saint of our acquaintance, who prays in tongues on waking in the mornings. She says that the connection with The Lord ‘early in the morning’ lightens the spirit for the whole day. The video below tells the same story, but in a different way.
Our Lord was never impatient. He simply planted seed thoughts in the disciples’ minds and surrounded them with the atmosphere of His own life. We get impatient and take men by the scruff of the neck and say: “You must believe this and that.” You cannot make a man see moral truth by persuading his intellect. “When He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He shall guide you into all the truth.”
POSTSCRIPT: Jane sent in these photographs of her dawn walk this morning (9th December); with 'Corrie' of course!