“I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.” Proverbs 8:17
Here, in this Scripture, the word “early” means to dawn. It also means to be up early at any task. I believe not only does the Lord want us to seek Him before we start our day, but through His WORD He is also encouraging us to seek Him before making decisions. I call it “checking in.”
Everyday before my husband comes home from work, he calls me just to check in and see if there’s anything I need him to bring. In the same way he checks in with me, I believe the LORD loves for us to check in with Him. Before you accept that job, before you marry that man, before you purchase that home, before you relocate to that city, check in. I can’t tell you the number of times God protected me and my family and guided us simply because we slowed down long enough to listen and follow God’s leading. You may not hear an audible voice saying do this or that, just a peaceful and gentle nudge in the right direction. That nudge can bless you and your family if you let it.
One of the enemy’s primary goals is to distract believers. If he can distract us, he can increase the chances of us making wrong choices that could cost us plenty. Don’t let the enemy distract you. Let the LORD help you stay sober and vigilant. Listen for the direction of the LORD. Follow His peace and His nudges. When you do this, you will find wisdom, life and the favor of the Lord (see Proverbs 8:35).
Prayer: Father God, thank you! I pray you guide me today. Don’t let me become so distracted that I miss it and make costly mistakes. Help me learn how to seek you early before I enter into situations that could have been avoided. Lord, help me to be extra sensitive to the leading of your Holy Spirit. My life and the lives of those around me depends on it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read Isaiah 30:21; Proverbs 3:5-6)