Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- August 8, 2011
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you, my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land, where there is no water. Psalm 63:1
Indeed, earnest seekers of their Savior can’t wait to be with Jesus. Early in the morning they want to encounter the love of God. Before the grassy dew is sucked up from the sun’s heat, they want to be lifted up by the warm love of the Lord. He removes any wet residue of worry from our soul. Like the warmth that replaces the morning chill, He takes away any fears that may have cooled our faith. Morning time with our Master is manna from Heaven. God provided manna for His children Israel. It quenched their souls’ thirst and fed their hungry bodies. But the manna dissolved if it was not gathered early in the day (Exodus 16:21). In the same way, we are to earnestly seek our Savior’s eternal agenda at the beginning of each day, or His directions dissolve into the busyness of our schedules. Harvest your Master’s manna before the manna of man has time to substitute its weak wisdom. His morning manna is fresh and full of faith. Earnestly seek Him; He satisfies your soul.
You may discover your soul is in a weary spot of worry. But weariness makes the presence of God more desirable. We become desperate for God when the fatigue of life parches our thirsty souls. When outward comforts are absent, we can continue as we walk in the inward serenity of our Savior Jesus. You may feel totally alone right now because no one seems to understand or accept your point of view. You feel undervalued and underappreciated. It some ways, you have become a mercenary for the mission of the organization. You only show up for the paycheck, and your patience has run thin. It is not worth having to fight all the time for what’s right. But Christ is calling you to Himself during this time of vocational disconnect. Learn how to love when you are not being loved. Learn how to understand when you are not being understood. Learn how to serve when you are not being served. We earnestly seek God, so we have energy for others.
Earnest seekers know what to do when they find their heavenly Father. They rest. They reflect. They enjoy. They allow Him to rejuvenate their sickly soul. Do the same. As you seek Him, you will find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29). When you find Him, allow Him to be your Father. Trust Him to love you as only He can. Trust Him to correct you as only He can. Trust Him to forgive you as only He can. Trust Him to lead you as only He can. Earnestly seek God, because He earnestly cares. Seekers enjoy satisfaction.
Taken from reading #46 in the new upcoming (release date Labor Day) 90-day devotional, Seeking God in the Psalms.
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