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Text Sermons : Andrew Murray : MORNING WATCH - FIRST DAY

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"And Abraham rose up early in the morning." (Gen. xxi. 14 and Gen. xxii. 3.)

Twice we find this said of Abraham, both times in reference to what was painful to him. The first time it was to send away his son Ishmael from his home (xxi. 14), and the second time to face the still harder task of offering up Isaac. His early rising was the token of his whole-hearted willingness to do the will of God.

How glorious was the reward of his early rising which Abraham received. It brought him on the third day to the mountains where the Lord appeared unto him-and favour followed upon his obedience. He gave him back his son as from the dead. He confirmed to him the promise of blessing: "In blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed". Abraham learns to know his God as the worker of wonders of whom he could say, "The Lord will provide."

My brother! if ever a day comes when you are called upon to do what seems to you hard and difficult, do as Abraham did. Arise in the morning hour to meet your God in a spirit of willingness to accomplish only His will. If you desire to walk in Abraham's footsteps, and to sacrifice all to God, yea, even what is dearest, then go to meet God in the early morning hour. To you, too, on rising early, He will reveal Himself as the Lord and will provide. To you, too, will He confirm it by an oath, saying, "In blessing I will bless thee, and' in multiplying I will multiply thy seed." Thus was Abraham rewarded for that early rising.

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