Proverbs 8:17 - Give God Your Best !!!

Pro. 8:17: Give God Your Best!!!

Prov 8:17 (KJV)  I love them that love me; and those that seek 
me early shall find me. 

Prov 8:17 (NRSV)  I love those who love me, and those who seek 
me diligently find me. 

Wisdom's eternal character is shown in 8:22-31 and ultimately 
points to Christ, in whom is found "all the treasures of wisdom" (Col. 
2:3; cf. Phil. 2:3-11; 1 Cor. 1:24; Jer. 9:23-24). Christ, who is 
wisdom incarnate, is the ultimate wise man. [New Bible Companion] 

Wisdom, here is Christ, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom 
and knowledge; it is Christ in the word, and Christ in the heart; 
not only Christ revealed to us, but Christ revealed in us. [Matthew 
Henry Commentary] 

Seek diligently: early, in the morning. [Strong's Dictionary]

To seek early or earnestly: to look early or diligently for. 
[Brown, Driver & Briggs' Hebrew Lexicon] 

Seek him early, seek him earnestly, seek him before any thing 
else. [Matthew Henry Commentary] 

Seek me early: This means to seek so diligently that one rises 
early in the morning to press the search. Because of the distractions 
of worldly affairs, and the deceitfulness of the human heart, 
persevering diligence is required to maintain a saving relationship with 
true wisdom and with God. [SDA Commentary] 

[And those that seek me early shall find me.] Not merely betimes 
in the morning, though he who does so shall find it greatly to his 
advantage; but early in life-- in youth, and as near as possible to the 
first dawn of reason. To the young this gracious promise is 
particularly made: if they seek, they shall find. Others, who are old, may 
seek and find; but never to such advantage as they would have done, 
had they sought early. (Adam Clarke Commentary) 

The word "early" sticks out in this verse:  does the Lord mean 
early in the morning?  early in your life?  early in your Christian 
walk?  Early seems to denote a time set aside before other things push 
in ahead.  Could God be saying that He wants top priority in your 
life?  Could the Lord want to spend time with you when you are fresh 
and unencumbered from the cares of the day?  God is a jealous God.  
He commands that you have nothing in your life that is more 
important to you.  Are you in line with God on this?  Or do you need to 
realign your priorities in order to seek Him early?  [In His Time; Walk 
With Wisdom] 

Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very 
first work. Let your prayer be, "Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I 
lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide 
with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee." This is a daily 
matter. Each morning consecrate yourself to God for that day. Surrender 
all your plans to Him, to be carried out or given up as His 
providence shall indicate. Thus day by day you may be giving your life into 
the hands of God, and thus your life will be molded more and more 
after the life of Christ.  SC70 

Consecration (being dedicated to God's service) is our part; 
sanctification (being set apart from sin and being made holy) is God's part. 
[In His Time; My Utmost For His Highest] 

All fancy that they love God. But those who either do not seek 
God at all, or seek Him coldly, while they eagerly seek the vanities 
of the world, make it plain that they are led by the love of the 
world more than by the love of God. (Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown 

It is implied that the love of God is the fountain and 
foundation of the communication of all blessings, and therefore of perfect 
blessedness (T. Cartwright). (Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary) 

A Love Letter
Dear Friend,
How are you? I just had to send a note to tell you how much I 
love you and care about you. 
I saw you yesterday as you were talking with your friends. I 
waited all day, hoping you would want to talk with Me also. As evening 
drew near, I gave you a sunset to close your day and a cool breeze to 
rest you - and I waited. You never came. Oh, yes, it hurts Me - but I 
still love you because I am your Friend. 
I saw you fall asleep last night and longed to touch your brow, 
so I spilled moonlight upon your pillow and face. Again I waited, 
wanting to rush down so we could talk. I have so many gifts for you! You 
awakened late and rushed off to work. My tears were in the rain. 
Today you looked so sad - so all alone. It makes My heart ache 
because I understand. My friends let Me down and hurt Me many times, 
too, but I love you. 
Oh, if you would only listen to Me. I love you! I try to tell 
you in the blue sky and in the quiet green grass. I whisper it in 
the leaves on the trees and breathe it in the colors of flowers. I 
shout it to you in mountain streams and give the birds love songs to 
sing. I clothe you with warm sunshine and perfume the air with nature 
scents. My love for you is deeper than the ocean and bigger than the 
biggest want or need in your head. Oh, if you only knew how much I want 
to walk and talk with you. We could spend an eternity together in 
I know how hard it is on this earth, I really know! And I want 
to help you. I want you to meet My Father. He wants to help you, 
too. My Father is that way, you know. 
Just call Me - ask Me - talk with Me! Oh, please don't forget 
Me. I have so much to share with you! 
All right, I won't bother you any further. You are free to 
choose Me. It's your decision. I have chosen you, and because of this I 
will wait - because I love you! 
Your Friend,
(Osterhus Pub. House, 4500 W. Broadway Minneapolis MN 55422)

I met God in the morning,
when my day was at its best
and His Presence came as sunrise
like a glory in my breast.
All day long His Presence lingered,
all day long He stayed with me
and we sailed in perfect calmness
o'er a very troubled sea.
Other ships were blown and battered,
other ships were sore distressed.
but the winds that seemed to drive them
brought to us a peace and rest.
Then I thought of other mornings
with a keen remorse of mind.
when I too had loosed the moorings
and His Presence left behind.
So, I think I know the secret.
learned from many a troubled way.
you must seek God in the morning,
if you want Him through the day.
(source unknown)