The Lord honors our hunger for more of Him. He sees our drawing nigh unto Him. He knows when we are thirsty for more of Him; when we desire more time with Him; when our heart cries out for Him. We seek His presence and allow Him to move in our lives increasingly.
The presence of the Lord changes everything. Once we receive Him in our heart, He moves in every area, even those we think are hidden. With love, grace, mercy and patience…He starts healing, removing, restoring and occupying every space. When we detect that something else has taken over first place in our hearts, we must press in to the Lord so that He again is our number one priority. When we find ourselves worrying or overly concerned about things, we need to find rest in His presence. When our priorities do not line up with the Word, we seek Him first and find all things fall into their rightful position in our hearts.
As we seek Him with our whole heart, we reach greater heights. Joyfully, we receive Him as we appropriate all that He is in our lives. He sees us drawing nigh unto Him, so He draws nigh unto us. He moves in closer and closer, until there is nothing in between to hinder intimacy with Him. We are never content with just a visitation from the Lord; we desire His habitation, from glory to glory!
Luke 19:5-6 “And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.’ So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.”
When we seek first the kingdom of God, everything else falls into place. In our past, we spent nights worrying about things that the Lord faithfully handled in unexpected ways. Now, we are taking no thought for tomorrow. This doesn’t relate to everyday thinking, but to thoughts of worry filled with anxiety.
To worry about tomorrow brings fear in our today. The Lord is with us yesterday, today and forever. It helps to remember the times in our yesterday when we had concerns about a situation, and recall what the Lord did in and through the challenges we faced. We understand our lives looking backwards. Looking forward, we understand our lives are in God’s hands. Someone once said, “Worrying is like being in a rocking chair going back and forth, but going nowhere.” One minute we trust things are going to be ok, the next minute we fret and question our destiny. When we shift our focus to today by looking unto the Lord and praising Him, we remove the worry and cares for our tomorrow.
Instead of wondering how things are going to turn out, we trust God is going to work all things together for our good. God has provided, and He will continue to provide us with better than expected! He is concerned about everything that concerns us. He loves us and watches over every little thing. He is so faithful! We rest in His hands, from glory to glory!
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
When we commit things to the Lord, we roll them off our shoulders and into His hands. This rolling of our works unto God is wonderfully visualized as we picture a camel burdened with a heavy load. To remove the load, the camel kneels down, tilts far to one side and the burden rolls off. Isn’t that what we do in prayer?
In our hearts, we kneel and lean towards Him–loving and trusting His care. As we do, all is surrendered into His hands. When all has been rolled over unto Him, by faith and in prayer, we rest and our thoughts are settled. We experience His peace. We no longer lean on our own understanding. We patiently wait for His instructions, knowing that He will help us with what we have entrusted to Him. We are more apt to make this commitment with things that are worrisome or troubling, but even what feels right has to be given into His care. We deliver our all into our Lord’s safekeeping.
God is willing, able and faithful. He cares for us and desires to lead us into His best. This rolling over is one way we take thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. When we do, confusion dissipates instantly. Whatever is burdensome becomes light, from glory to glory!
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established.”