Monday, April 3, 2017

The Daily Grace - Check the Oil

In basic driving skills, basic auto maintenance is also a need to learn. Sometimes, we need to visit a local service station where we learn to check the oil every time we put a fuel in the car. "Oil is cheap; engines are expensive", according to a slogan. Adding a quart of oil is nothing compared to replacing an engine.

Maintenance is also important in our spiritual lives. Taking time each day to read the Bible, pray, and listen to God is a key element in avoiding a breakdown. In Psalm 5, David wrote, "My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You" (v. 3). In the following verses he poured out his heart in praise, thanksgiving and request to God.

Many people find it essential to begin every day with the Lord. Before checking email, catching the news, or eating breakfast, they find some quiet moments alone to read a portion of God's Word, praise Him for His greatness, thank Him for His love, and seek His guidance. Others spend time reading and praying at different times of the day. It's not magic - it's maintenance, as we ask the Lord each day to fill our hearts with His presence on the road of life. The roots of stability come from being grounded in God's Word and prayer.