Proverbs 8:17 - How To Find God.

Proverbs 8:17 - How To Find God.

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

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

Proverbs 8:17 (AMP) I love those who love me, and those who seek 
me early and diligently shall find me.  

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 Bible 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] 

   For many of us, every morning is a battle. Between the time 
the alarm clock rings and when our feet hit the floor, our thoughts 
can spiral downward. Today's to-do list and potential hurdles 
combine with leftover fatigue from yesterday, all seeming to conspire to 
overwhelm us and beat us down. In a few very short minutes, our attitude 
can shift drastically from neutral to negative.  
   Though the morning battle is real for many, it isn't 
unwinnable. The key is to turn the downward spiral into upward momentum, and 
the best way to do that is by inviting Jesus into your internal 
conversation as soon as you wake up. Before thinking about to-do lists, 
potential hurdles, lingering problems from the day before, or anything 
else, have a conversation with Him - not about issues, but just for 
the pleasure of His company. Enjoy the fellowship. Lie still in His 
Presence. Utter some words of worship and gratitude. Listen to His words 
of affection and encouragement. Let Him shape your internal 
environment before you get up to face your external world. Make Him the 
priority of your day.  
   When you do that, the day can take on a whole different tone. 
And the tone of a day can have lasting impact. Decisions are made in 
a different light, long-term relationships are strengthened rather 
than weakened, ideas and innovation come much more easily, and 
obstacles lose their power. Winning the morning battle day after day can 
radically impact a lifetime.  
   Whatever it takes, invite Jesus into your morning. Before 
your feet hit the floor, enjoy His Presence. The earlier you make Him 
the center of your day, the more profoundly He will shape it.  
   Jesus, I know my attitude needs an adjustment every morning. 
I invite You to adjust it - to hold me, fill me with Your 
Presence, and transform me. You are more important than any issues I'll 
face on any given day - and fully able to handle them. [The One Year 
Experiencing God's Presence Devotional by Chris Tiegreen re Psalm 143:8] 








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