December 6, 2017
The Habitual Life
Daniel … got down on his knees three times a day and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously. Daniel 6:10
It seems that I have formed a good habit that I’m not sure I can break, even when I try to. Catching up on some sleep seemed to be the most reasonable option this morning at 5am, instead of rising to join my wife and others for a 5:30 work-out we do three times weekly. After she left I awakened anyway without an alarm, and since my body and mind were in the habit of exercising during that time, I couldn’t go back to sleep. So, out of habit, I arose and joined the group, just a few minutes late. It turned out to be far more beneficial than what little sleep, if any, I might have added to my morning.
Habits, of course, can be ill-chosen and become addictions that do harm. Inactivity is also a bad habit. However, good habits, like flossing, daily devotions, prayer, exercise, and worship are good for the body and soul. It is good when they become habits, because we don’t need to waste time and mental energy having to decide each time whether we will do them. If it’s beneficial, why debate with yourself whether or not you will do it. Just do it.
Daniel was in the habit of praying three times a day. When a decree went out that praying to anyone but the king would land a person in a den of lions, he prayed anyway. He knew where his real security could be found. His friends, who previously did not bow to another king, but nevertheless survived a fiery furnace, also testified to the importance of well-placed faith.
It’s not likely that a godly habit will actually cost us our physical life, at least not yet, as it might have for Daniel without the Lord’s protection. But a habitual life that strengthens our faith and encourages others in their faith, which corporate worship does, will keep us secure whether life brings good or evil.
May you be blessed with a wonderfully habitual life.
Pastor Tom Konz
P. S. I’m still struggling to make flossing a habit.