Monday, March 17, 2014

Inquire For the Word

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today dawns and what, we wonder, should we do on this day? Something in the Bible surely applies to this, probably many verses, but let us look at one. Also Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, "Please inquire for the word of the LORD today." (1 Kings 22:5) The history of the kings of Israel holds many examples of kings who did righteously in the sight of the Lord, and those who did not. Some kings listened to the Lord's prophets, others listened to the prophets that told them what they liked to hear. Some kings took a special delight in killing the Lord's prophets. We have the Holy Spirit in this age. Do we listen? Do we first inquire?

God knows every need of mine, even the ones I do not know to ask for, why must I inquire of Him? Maybe, my Lord just likes to hear from me and you. To inquire of the Lord is to acknowledge His preeminence in our lives. To come before the Lord in prayer seeking counsel is to give first place to God's wisdom over our wisdom. We seek the all-seeing vision of our Lord over the limited and restricted view we have here on Earth. Much as it goes against our carnal nature, can it be that the Lord just wants you, me, and Him together in all things? The Lord has the best answers for us in all we do. What an awful thing to ignore our Lord and try to depend on our knowledge and wisdom.

Our Lord likes to be asked. This is not for His benefit, but for ours. At the same time, strange though it may seem in light of my sinful record, the Lord wants to be near me. My asking is one way to draw the reluctant sinner to be near the Lord of light and mercy. The same works for you too. The Lord of all wants us to come to Him! Let us today inquire for the word of the Lord.


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