Taking Hold of God

Michael Beck

“And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee …” (Isaiah 64:7)

God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. He says: “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:13) God wants to be chased and caught. Paul recognized that Christ had pursued and taken hold of him; now he wanted to return the favor, that he might “apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.” (Php. 3:12)

Each day presents its own challenge. Some days are more challenging than others. There are “days of trouble” and “night seasons” that can make or break us. When Jacob faced catastrophe, he took hold of God, until he broke through to God’s blessing. Jesus said: “… the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Mt. 11:12) If we would set our sights on finding God and His strength for the day we are in, He will surely uphold us in our pursuit. “My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.” (Psa. 63:8)

When we are at our weakest, Christ is ready to strengthen us. His power is perfected in our weakness. We are told: “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” (Prov. 24:10) If we would call upon the name of the Lord, and stir ourselves up to take hold of Him, His grace would be sufficient for us. Those who take hold of His strength can take hold of any day they find themselves in. Through God they do valiantly.

“They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.” (Psa. 84:7)

“Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.” (1 Chron. 16:1)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.