David, the psalmist wrote in Psalms 63:1-3
"O God, thou art my God;
early will I seek thee:
my soul thirsteth for thee,
my flesh longeth for thee
in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
to see thy power and thy glory,
so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life,
my lips shall praise thee."
Indeed, just as David wrote, "early will I seek thee" is so true for me as well. Spending this time with Him early is a true joy and pleasure. While I was in my quiet time this morning, I opened one of my favorite devotionals and as I read the words found there, they ministered gently to my soul. I want to share it with you. I believe you will be as blessed as I was!
This is from Oswald Chambers devotional "My Utmost for His Highest".
THE CONCEPT OF DIVINE CONTROL
"...how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him."
Jesus is laying down the rules of conduct in this passage for those people who have His Spirit. He urges us to keep our minds filled with the concept of God's control over everything, which means that a disciple must maintain an attitude of perfect trust and an eagerness to ask and to seek.
Fill your mind with the thought that God is there.
And once your mind is truly filled with that thought, when you experience difficulties it will be easy as breathing for you to remember, "My heavenly Father knows all about this." This will be no effort at all, but will be a natural thing for you when difficulties and uncertainties arise.
Before you formed this concept of divine control so powerfully in your mind,
you used to go from person to person seeking help,
but now you go to God about it.
Jesus is laying down the rules of conduct for those people who have His Spirit, and it works on the following principle:
God is my Father, He loves me
and I will never think of anything that He will forget,
so why should I worry?
Jesus said there are times when God cannot lift the darkness from you, but you should trust Him.
At times God will appear like an unkind friend, but He is not,
He will appear like an unnatural father, but He is not;
He will appear like an unjust judge, but He is not.
Keep the thought that the mind of God is behind all things strong and growing. Not even the smallest detail of life happens unless God's will is behind it.
Therefore, you can rest in perfect confidence in Him.
Prayer is not only asking, but is an attitude of the mind
which produces the atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural.
"Ask, and it will be given to you..."
What an encouragement this was to read today! GOD KNOWS! Indeed He knows, even before we know about life's difficulties and circumstances that threaten to steal our peace in Him. And our job is simply this.... not to run to so-and-so and ask for their advice or input.... but instead to RUN TO HIM!
Turning to Him in the midst of our difficulties is a training process that must be into place in the life of every believer.
When we learn that we can take
to the Lord that concerns us,
this is when we will begin to experience
the greatest overcoming victories in our lives
than we ever thought possible.
I pray that you turn to Jesus today, look full into His wonderful face...
whatever it may...
RUN to Jesus with it. Look immediately to HIM for the answer.
He knows already. He has the answer.
HE IS IN CONTROL!
Remember this... as the devotional said... "Ask, and it SHALL be given to you..."
May the blessings, peace, and rich presence of the Lord be with you today!