Nothing beats pouring a cup of coffee and then sitting down to do your daily devotions. There is something about that cup of java mingled with God’s Word that makes the mood perfect. While I look forward to pouring that first cup in the morning, I can’t forget the most essential facet of my morning time, prayer. Pour out your heart to the Lord.
“Your words were found, and I ate them. Your words became a delight to me and the joy of my heart, for I bear your name, Lord God of Armies.”
Jeremiah had several laments in his book. This is where he poured out his heart and expressed everything he was feeling. In this lament, he goes back and forth between complaining and thanking God. Israel was close to collapse, and he was feeling it from both sides. Babylon was closing in, and rations were tight, plus the king and his leaders weren’t too open to the messages God was speaking through Jeremiah. This made for a difficult life, but Jeremiah did the right thing. He poured out his heart to the Lord.
We waste a lot of time complaining about how bad things are. Jeremiah takes a different trek and tells the Lord how valuable His Word is to him. Whenever he read them, it was if he was eating them. They were a delight and brought to his heart. It’s incredible how something that was written thousands of years ago can still do the same thing today. Are you finding delight in God’s Word? Do they bring joy and delight?
Pour Out Your Heart
Are you going through a struggle? Feel like you are being pressed from both sides? Pour out your heart to Lord. Tell Him everything you are struggling with. Don’t go and complain to someone else. Spend time in prayer. Let it all out; anger, frustration, pain, and sorrow. Not only will you find it helpful to get those off of your chest, but God is listening and will act on your prayers.