Time To Seek The Lord
…For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
– Hosea 10:12 (NKJV)
God has this habit of waiting until the very last moment to answer our prayer to see if we will chicken out or pray through.
This pattern of a last-second provision is repeated throughout Scripture, and I think it reveals God’s playful personality. Sometimes we are so focused on the character of God that we forget that God has a personality too.
He loves hiding around corners and surprising us. You can’t convince me that Jesus didn’t have fun sneaking up on the disciples in the middle of the night in the middle of the lake by walking on water. You can’t convince me that God didn’t enjoy the befuddled look on Moses’ face when he heard the talking bush.
As I read Scripture, I can come to no other conclusion than this: God loves showing up in unexpected ways at unexpected times.
I love this part of God’s personality. While it sometimes adds stress, it also adds drama. In big and small ways, it is prayer that adds the unexpected twists and turns in our personal plotlines that make life worth living.
It is prayer that precipitates and culminates in the climatic moments when God shows up in dramatic fashion.
It is prayer that can turn any story, your story, into an epic drama.
God provides just enough just in time. He did it with the widow who is down to her last jar of olive oil. He did it when the Israelites are trapped between the Egyptian army and the Red Sea. He did it when the boat is about to capsize on the Sea of Galilee because of hurricane-force winds.
Maybe you’re in a desperate situation right now. It feels like you’re down to your last jar of olive oil, or the Egyptian army is closing in on you, or your boat is about to capsize.
It may seem like God is nowhere to be seen, but maybe God is setting the stage for a miracle.
This I know for sure: God is always stage right. He’s ready to make His grand entrance. All He is waiting for is your prayer cue.
Beloved stay locked in on His promises, He will prove true and you will experience the breakthrough.
(Adapted from the Circle Maker by Matt Batterson)
Dear Jesus, I accept the invitation to deepen my relationship with You through fervent, consistent faith-filled prayer. I receive grace to pray consistently and to never quit. I will always be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.
In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.