Chloe, my tabby cat, was determined to cozy into my lap. I attempted to read around her, disturbing her as I turned pages, but Chloe hung in. She clung to my lap, pawing to make her place of comfort a little more hers. Finally, as I stilled, she did, too. She settled into position with her head on my arm, there content to be in sheltering arms of love.
Chloe’s affection turned my attention from reading, to reflecting on behavior – hers and mine. What if I sought the presence of the Lord with Chloe’s kind of determination? What if I shut out all derailments (like television, telephone, and mental review of things needing to be done) and persistently pushed on in desire to be alone with God? What if I, with singular focus, pressed on, into the bosom of God, that place of protection, security, and affection? Would I not find God more personally if I sought after Him with such determined devotion? Scripture answers that for me.
1 Chronicles 22:19: “Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God.”
Jeremiah 29:13: “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Proverbs 8:17: “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.”
Proverbs 8:30: “And I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him.”
Oh, to be the delight of the Lord God Almighty! To not just find Him, but cause Him joy, gladness, pleasure. To see His smile as I run to Him for time of intimate communion, time that is His and mine alone.
God desires that we seek Him with diligence, and He promises that we will find Him when we do. Days may abound with noise and strife, but there is a shelter for you and for me. That shelter is always available, always welcoming, and always ready to respond to our earnest longing for Him.
Father, I am guilty of choosing the unimportant over the important. I allow distractions to take precedence over personal time with You. Forgive my foolishness and set my mind on remembrances of all You have given me when I have rested in Your arms and waited to hear Your words of love, for those are the high moments of life.
And we have an enemy that is ever vigilant against our having time alone with God. He works tirelessly to interfere, and to deceive us regarding the priority. That is natural for him, because the more time we spend with God, the more we feed on his word, the less likely we are to be deceived and to feed our flesh nature.
Ken Stringer said:
As usual, your message was both relevant and timely for me. Your prayer expresses my feelings precisely! May God continue to bless your talent of sharing important concepts in such a meaningful way with others.
Pat Rowland said:
Thank you, Ken. You have no idea how much your encouragement means to me since you have known me for such a long time. I’m very grateful that it was a timely message; that affirms that the Holy Spirit gave it to me.