“My heart says of You, ‘Seek His face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek.”- Psalm 27:8
We need the Lord! That should not come as “breaking news” to anyone and is easily the understatement of all understatements. The Lord Almighty, the loving Father, is the only One who can meet our every need and is the only way we can experience true, peace, hope, and victory. Each breath we breathe is a miracle, each day is a gift, and each answered prayer is a blessing. Even more than those riches, Jesus speaks of Himself being the answer to our greatest need in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” How wonderful it is that Jesus has provided a way to the Father and the gift of eternal life!
Have you ever found yourself treating God like a Heavenly “911” Operator? That we come to Him only at times of crisis and crossroads: When a child is sick; when we are in-between jobs; when the bills are due; when we are struggling with a heightened level of fear, anger, doubt, or impatience. There is nothing wrong with asking God for help. Psalm 46:1 tells us, “God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble.” However, we have been given much more than simply an emergency faith hotline, we have been afforded the priceless invitation of DWELLING with and DRAWING from the Lord continually.
We need the Lord at always! It is surprising how we tend to limit our NEED of the Lord’s grace and strength to only the BIG THINGS of life. We need His healing on the days we wake up with a back pain or a foul attitude, but we also need His touch when everything seems rosy. We need His wisdom on those days we have a meeting with our supervisor or a project deadline, but we also need His favor when the workload and schedule is routine. Just as we would ask for God’s grace to heal us when we are in pain, guard us when we are feeling spiritual weak or help us when the job is tough, we need to look to Him when things seem fine.
One of the promises in the Bible I have been encouraging people with is Lamentations 3:22-23, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His mercies never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” The wonderful news I want everyone to know is that God does not give us mercy on the first day of each month and ask us to make it last (like a paycheck) all thirty or thirty-one days. He gives us a new, extra strength dose of His mercy for what today holds…the good and the bad, things we plan for and things that shock us, the things we think we can handle and the things that overwhelm us. And in all these things He has all you need!