Proverbs 8:17 (AMP) “I love those who love me; and those who seek me early and diligently will find me.
It’s Monday. The last several weekends have been consumed helping our eldest daughter prepare and move into her first home. This past weekend, I attended a women’s conference with full days and late nights before returning to help complete the relocation. When the alarm ringing loudly shook me awake this morning, I was less than enthusiastic. The girl who could get up early, run all day and go to bed late has left. In her place is a wife, mom and grandma who is plum tuckered out as one might quip in the south. I do not seem to have the stamina that I once had – I guess it comes with age. My first inclination was to hit the snooze button and sleep a little bit longer. Truth be told – I don’t have to get up quite this early. A couple more hours wouldn’t do me any harm. I would still have plenty of time to make it to work on time. I could just give up this time I spend with Jesus. Who would know? However, I did get up and here I sit. Why? Because I need Jesus all day every day – how about you?
“I love those who love me”
Do you love Jesus today? I sure do. Love is more than a feeling. It is an action or series of actions that form a relationship bonded by mutual affection. It requires time and energy to maintain it. Marriages fail without intimacy and our relationship with Christ can become distant if proper time and attention are not given to the person of Christ in our life. The Word of God tells us in Romans 8 that nothing can ever separate us from the Love of God or His Son, Jesus. However, we can choose to drift away allowing busyness to re-prioritize our first love until there is no expression of love at all. Our heart grows hard. Our affection lukewarm. Our attention diverted. The right standing offered to us is only as good as you and I pursue it. I must choose to dwell in the Presence of God. To live in love with Jesus Christ. It takes an active participation on my part to keep this love alive.
“And those who seek me early and diligently will find me.”
It is easy to pick apart the Gospel to find the parts we like. The promises that appeal to us are followed by careful instructions that must not be overlooked. For example, Jeremiah 29:11-12 – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.” Yay! Jesus has a good plan for our life. His Thoughts are for me. His Plans include peace and well-being. They are not disastrous. The Lord wants to give me a future and a hope. God is listening when I pray and will do as I ask. However, most people stop right there and never make it to Jeremiah 29:13 which says, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Oh…I must seek Him wholeheartedly. With a heart given in surrender completely and wholly to finding Him. It’s not just about me – Jesus. You want all my love in return.
Several years back, an acquaintance (really just a Facebook friend) stopped me at the gym. After a few minutes, she asked me about the blog I write. She felt the Lord pressing on her heart to do some writing but just couldn’t find the time. I shared with her that I get up about two hours early each day around 4:30 AM on weekdays to make time. She was quick to balk at the time. She told me that maybe she wasn’t called to create after all laughing as she walked away. My heart sank for her. This time in the Word of God and praying has been such a blessing in my personal walk with Christ and well worth the little bit of my time invested. What are you willing to give to seek Him more?
Why seek the Lord early? In Mark 1:35, it says that Jesus rose early and went to a secluded place to pray. The example of Jesus to rise before the disciples and get away with the Father should be enough to encourage us to do the same. If that is not enough, life is hard. I need Jesus every single day to keep my peace and joy through the hustle and bustle of life. On those days when everything falls apart, He is my foundation. A cornerstone set in place through daily interaction and fortification by His Word, His Spirit and an active prayer life. It benefits me completely. You do not know the trials and troubles of today. You may not be aware of the enemy’s traps and temptations. The Armor of God is required every single day to walk in victory. The Kingdom is taken by force not passivity. If you want the Lord, you must seek Him. To seek Him early makes you ready for the day.
I encourage you today. Find time each morning to spend with the Lord. Have a little talk with Jesus before forging off to change the work. You are called to do great things. You have a purpose and plan handwritten by God. Your destination is destiny. It all begins and ends with Jesus. So seek Him early while there is still time…