She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.
– Proverbs 31:15 (NIV)
She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
– Proverbs 31:15 (NKJV)
She gets up while it is still dark, which is anywhere between five and seven in the morning depending where you live and what season it is. To me this scripture says that she gets up before anyone else in her house does, even before her servant girls. I don’t think that’s very common anymore in these days.
I know for me it takes a lot of discipline to get up early and on top of that prepare breakfast and lunch for my family and loved ones. I believe there is some kind of mantle that is put on us women when we grow up, get married and have our own household to where, if we realize the call on our lives as ‘keepers’ of the house (mentioned in one of the previous posts), it will become easier for us to get up before anyone else does and go about the business of the household because we can see purpose.
Before daybreak the next morning,
Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.
– Mark 1:35 (NIV)
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day,
he went out, and departed into a solitary place,
and there prayed.
– Mark 1:35 (KJV)
There is something about the early morning hour. Not only does the bible talk about Jesus getting up early in the morning to go talk to his Father and him going to the temple to go teach the people who came early but he was also betrayed in the morning, tried and crucified and he even rose from the dead in the morning. If you do a word search for ‘morning’ throughout the bible you might be surprised how often that word is mentioned and how significant all the things that happened in the morning are.
Jesus even refers himself as the morning star:
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches.
I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
– Revelations 22:16
Now God is still the same as He was back in the 1st century and when he first created this earth. I’m not a person that believes you have to have a set prayer time and it has to be in the morning; not at all. The one thing that counts is that you meet with Jesus daily and nourish your relationship with him. I am saying though that if we receive the call on our lives as women and walk it out, there is a blessing waiting for us; blessing that we can only take part of if we do what we are called to do.
There is something about the break of day, that instant of a moment when the sun rises and swallows up all darkness. I remember being on a family vacation to the Grand Canyon and my dad and I got up before day break and went to watch the sun rise over the canyon. In the very moment of the ‘switch’ between night and day everything got quiet. The birds stopped chirping, the crickets got quiet, the bunnies stopped running; it was as if all creation was awestruck, and the verse below became alive. No one dares to say a word. It was a moment I will never forget.
Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.
Let all the earth tremble before him.
– Psalm 96:9 (NLT)
Also God says that His mercy is new every morning. His promises are true and if His mercy is new every morning then why not get up early, knowing that the mantle he has placed on us is not a burden but a privilege and gives glory to Him, the King of kings and Lord of lords.