|Posted by Joseph Green on January 2, 2019 at 9:15 PM|
As I get older I find I enjoy a good cup of coffee more often than I used too. Maybe it’s that boost of energy and awareness that it gives me. I certainly need more of that nowadays, but I enjoy the flavor too. That first bitter taste of a hot beverage in the morning tends to open my eyes as I prepare for a new day each and every morning. We make a fresh pot almost every morning and by noon it’s depleted and sometimes a second pot is made. Our household is a household of coffee drinkers. I like a good hot cup of coffee while everyone else tends to enjoy iced coffee. I like mine black while everyone else like different kinds of sweetness and flavors. I guess you could say that if there is one appliance that our family centers on it’s the coffee maker. Some mornings we cook breakfast on the stove, sometimes in the oven, and sometimes in the microwave. But the coffee maker is almost always on every morning. We have worn out a couple of coffee makers but we are always quick to find replacements.
As much as I enjoy the coffee maker, I love our Creator more. He loves me. He paid for me a debt that I could never repay. I was judged, found guilty, and condemned to damnation, an eternity, in a flaming pit. But Jesus stepped up and took the punishment that was intended for me. Willingly He allowed Himself to be nailed to a tree where His crimson blood flowed and washed me clean of all my evil doings.
I know this because His eternal Word has told me so. Yes that’s right, I read all of this wonderful news in my Bible. It’s all in there, Holy Ghost inspired words put into print by many authors. Written by men called of God to bare witness to the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ our risen savior. Some people might read this and say that the Bible is just a book, mere words printed in ink on paper bound in leather, vinyl, or paper binding and therefore couldn’t possibly last forever. They might even say that times have changed and that it’s impossible to live by the words written in the Bible. I would beg to disagree with them. I’m not writing this to debate, but to introduce some to the truth.
4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.
King Solomon was inspired to tell us that there is nothing new under the sun. Does that mean that Solomon had a coffee pot? No, I doubt he drove a Cadillac either, but the people who lived in Solomon’s time suffered similar issues that we face today. Those same choices that people were making then are some of the same choices presented to us today, and the temptations remain the same. Addiction was still addiction, debt was still debt, etc… etc. The issues haven’t changed and God hasn’t changed.
6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
He is still in charge, He still has the answers.
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
We can ask ourselves questions about how we are gonna get through the day or why do these things happen to me but why ask ourselves questions we have no answer of. Why not turn to the One who has all the answers.
24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Can I make a day? Of course not. If this is the day that the Lord has made, why not start out with the Lord?
I know every morning the things I would like to accomplish. Some days I don’t feel able to accomplish much. I guess I’m getting old and my body is beginning to break down. But no matter what challenges I face most mornings I like to face them with Jesus. I go before Him prior to going to the coffee maker. I find that the Word of God and a talk with Jesus gives me a boost that I desperately need. He gives me a boost of energy and an awareness to get me through the day. Oh I have tried to get by without my coffee in the morning but most people wouldn’t want to be around me. And I have started my day without Jesus also, and I can tell you things go better when Jesus is involved.
Remember the old Folgers Coffee slogan: “The best part of wakin' up... is Folgers in your cup.” What if we would apply a slogan to Jesus, how would it read? “The best part of getting out of bed… is having Jesus in my head.” I kinda like that, it works for me. Our first thought of the day should be Jesus. Things are just so much better when Jesus is involved. Have you ever done something that you really enjoyed and wished you would have had a friend to share it with? Or have you ever had a problem that you would have appreciated a friend to help out with. That’s who Jesus is to me, my best friend. He is there to share in all those most memorable moments and He has been there in my most dreaded days. I have been blessed with a lot of wonderful friends. Some have shared in a few of my fondest memories, and a few have shared in my darkest hours. My dear wife has been through a lot with me and I with her, but Jesus has been there through thick and thin. He has never failed us, He has never left us or forsaken us. Even in times when we failed Him, He has never given up on us.
We have been through many cans of coffee of different flavors and brands, and we have worn out a few coffee makers, and though it may seem to us that there are days that we just wouldn’t be able to get going without our java, I would give it up if it came between me and Jesus because I cannot live without my Savior!
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Wouldn’t today be a good day to start out with Jesus? I promise you, that if you will go to Him before you start your day, He will help you get through those things that you need to get through. Why not sit down with the “Good Book” and a hot cup of coffee and spend the morning with Jesus?