A blaring alarm clock is not the thing you want to hear first thing in the morning. The alarm tone is purposely loud and obnoxious so we are awakened from our slumber to start the day at the right time. Even though we’re the ones who picked the time for the alarm, we still resent that the alarm is interrupting our sleep.
We’ve got a ton of things to do, and a schedule to keep if we want to do them well. Yet, sitting deceptively close to the “Alarm Off” button is another button. It is usually several times larger than the one to stop the alarm – the Snooze Button.
When the alarm is blaring, the main thing I care about is hitting the button to make it stop…but this other button makes an enticing offer: I could lay my groggy head back down on the pillow for an additional 9 minutes. The Snooze Button invites me to give up “just a tiny fraction” of my morning so I can get that much more rest before starting my day. I let it convince me that I will feel better and more active, if I could just get a few more minutes of sleep.
But let’s be honest: I rarely hit the Snooze Button only once. And when I do eventually get up, the morning is super-rushed because I’m now pressed for time. I barely have time to shower, dress, grab my work bag, and stuff some food in my face before running out the door, all of which could have been easily managed had I not pressed the Snooze Button.
But I’ve noticed two things – First, I am NOT more rested when I take the Snooze Button’s offer of additional sleep, broken up into 9 minute chunks. If anything, I feel more tired and frazzled at the start of my day. Secondly, whenever I “sleep in” the first item on my to-do list that gets dropped is my time reading God’s Word.
All throughout the Bible we see examples of God wanting to spend time with us, but what we also see is that God expects us to put in some effort and desire to be with Him. Look at the three “IFs” Solomon gives his son, and what result will come if he actually follows through:
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,
listening closely to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding;
furthermore, if you call out to insight and lift your voice to understanding,
if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God.
Why do we need to spend time in the Bible? Paul reminded Timothy of the Scripture’s usefulness and effect on his life:
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
One last example. Peter is reminding his readers of their main source of food for spiritual growth:
1 Peter 2:2
Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word, so that you may grow up into your salvation
There are numerous other references and examples I could give, but I think you get the point. God wants to meet with us, but we need to intentionally set aside time to do so. Perhaps you need to take the small step I need to take: stop hitting the Snooze Button. That button lies to us – we don’t get what it promises. We end up starting our day rushed and feeling bad, while missing out on something much, much better.
Are you skeptical that God couldn’t use 9 minutes with Him to make a difference in your life? I dare you to try it this next week and find out.