Cry Out

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 2

Gold Nugget
Verse 3,5: “Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.”
                   
Commentary
When we were tiny babies, we learned quickly to cry out. When we slept in cribs and grew hungry, crying is all we knew. We also learned that continued crying out was sometimes what it took to stir our parents into action. They knew that they were the only ones that could meet our needs. If they didn't rise to the occasion, who would? We quickly learned that they were our providers and without them we would starve. This is the natural order of things and didn't require any love on our part. It did however, require love on their part. They were the givers and we were the takers. This was the pattern that continued for some time, but after several months, things began to change. Our parents were delighted to see that as we grew older, we would cry out, not just when we were hungry, but also just to have them hold us. It fills a parent with joy when they see their child grow from just looking at them as a provider of food, shelter and clothing to having a sincere desire for their fellowship. When a child just cries out to be held, it moves the parent with compassion. The more they cry out, the greater the demonstration of the child’s want for intimacy with the parent. When we first began our relationship with the Lord, we often started out as just seeing Him as the provider of our needs. We cry out in the middle of the night for our milk. If He doesn't answer according to our timing, we cry out more and more wanting our needs to be met. We want our food, shelter and clothing and He is more than willing to provide those for us. There should come a time, as we grow older (more mature) when we start crying out for more than just a provider of our needs, but cry out for Him for who He is. When we take a sincere interest in who He is intimately, what He wants and how He feels, it touches Him deeply. He will provide this intimate relationship, but He will wait for you to cry out for it with passion. He knows when you are just uttering baby gibberish and when you sincerely desire Him intimately. Today’s “gold nugget” says, “Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.”

Prayer
Lord, I pray that I will see you as more than just a provider of my needs. I want to know and appreciate you as the loving, caring God that you are. I want to cry out for the knowledge of who you are and seek to please you with the things you reveal to me.  Amen


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