Section 2: Practical Wisdom, Article 1

Seek Him Early

“I love them that love Me;
and those that seek Me early shall find Me.”
Proverbs 8:17.

the silence and darkness I lay motionless, keenly awake. I was a sound sleeper and especially in these early hours before midnight. I had often slept through passing fire engine sirens and violent storms, even a couple of minor earthquakes! Nothing disturbed my early sleep. But it was 11:27 p.m.and just
now, I was intensely awake!
        Being awakened by an inaudible voice was compelling, arresting. I stared into the darkness, puzzled and intrigued. In those moments I felt no fear, just focused curiosity. Then, like young Samuel, I heard my call. Whether it was a thought or a voice I will never know for sure, but what was said remains vivid. “How many Scriptures do you know?” My mind raced. In that moment even
John 3:16 and Psalm 23 evaded me. My mind was a blank slate and I felt exceedingly empty. Staring into the darkness, I realized how very void my spiritual life was. Keenly I saw my neglect.
        Then the gentle call, personal for me, a sentence modified from a familiar book I occasionally read, “It would be well for you to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of My Word. Take it, sentence by sentence, and ponder each thought until you make it your own.”
        Then silence! For the next hour I lay awake. There was no question. I accepted the call without hesitation, yet my mind continued to range through memories and desires. Years later I look back and see the words of
Isaiah 50:4-5 written into my life that night, Yehuveh Elohim hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: He wakeneth morning by morning, He wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. Yehuveh Elohim hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.” 

In Good Company
David speaks repeatedly of his own response to the Isaiah 50:4-5 call: “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Yehuveh; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up.” “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice.” “O Elohim, Thou art my Elohim; early will I seek Thee: my soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.” “But unto thee have I cried, O Yehuveh; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent Thee.” “I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in Thy word.” “My soul waiteth for Yehuveh more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.” Psalms 5:3; 55:17; 63:1; 88:13; 119:147; 130:6.
Isaiah, of course, knew the experience, for he wrote of it not only in Isaiah 50:4-5, but also in Isaiah 26:8-9: “Yea, in the way of Thy judgments, O Yehuveh, have we waited for Thee; the desire of our soul is to Thy name, and to the remembrance of Thee. With my soul have I desired Thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek Thee early: for when Thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.” 
Solomon understood: “I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me.” Proverbs 8:17.

Gael Bataman         
Originally Written:     25 November 2005
Latest Update:           30 January 2010

Complete Study Guide to Article 1   

A Lesson Learned in Affliction        Why Morning? Why Early       
How to Secure the Early Morning Time       
The Keys: Asking    Diet    Exercise    Stress    Sleep        Yehuveh’s Promises       

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