Break of day

Psalm 46:5 was part of our Sunday school study this week. The NIV version uses “break of day”:

5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.

The King James version reads:
5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

The English Standard version reads:
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.

Be sure and read the entire chapter of Psalm 46 for the beautiful messages for God’s people during times of trouble.

When of think of the term “break of day” or “morning dawns,” I think of a new start. I have another day to do God’s Will for my life and to make amends for anything left undone or done poorly.

When I see the sunrise on the horizon, whether it is in the city, near the ocean, or in the mountains, I see beauty and quiet. A new beginning. When we hold a newborn child, it reminds us of new beginnings and fresh life. It might remind us of our life and make us think about what yet needs to be done.

The pastor also spoke in his sermon “Work While it is Day,” referencing John 9:1-7, of how we should not waste time in doing God’s work. None of us know the time when Jesus will come again and we must be ready.

So when the sun rises each day, I urge you to think on  your life about what is important — what is urgent. Thank God each day that shines on you for his light and love. Ask him what he wants you to do that day and listen. He will speak to you whether by an inner voice, a phone call from someone, a letter received–or in this day, an e-mail–but in a way you will understand. Take the time to listen. Quiet your life enough that you can hear when God gives you guidance.

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