Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:7-11
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Scripture Quote: So whenever we are in need, we should come bravely before the throne of our merciful God. There we will be treated with undeserved kindness, and we will find help. (Hebrews 4:16 NIV)
We don't turn everything over to God until we actually know that we are in trouble and definitely need His help - We are always thinking that we can handle things ourselves, that we are capable. When we ask for mercy and grace at the moment we need it, however, we can expect to receive them from our Father God. This is the liberty we have through Christ, that we can approach the throne and call out for mercy - God hears us and bestows upon us the blessing we need. Why then would we constantly try to depend on ourselves?
And if our waiting for God's mercy is necessary on occasion, for the more important fulfillment of His purposes, we are called to persevere – We are not at our best when instant gratification is denied us. But our predicament may affect others and God might begin working on His time table, not ours, for the good of all concerned. Think of God's intervention on your behalf as a heavenly seed that, if continually watered by interaction with God through prayer, will increase and multiply itself. As we continue to rely on, believe in and obey God, we will increase in grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Today’s meditation: Spend all of your days in close council with God.
Memory Verse: All creation will thank you, and your loyal people will praise you. (Psalms 145:10 NIV)