When Ezra was offered military protection on his journey back to the promised land, he assured the King that he wouldn’t need it. He was certain that he was doing what God wanted him to do. Since he was convinced of that, he had nothing to fear. He then advised the King that “The hand of our God is for good on ?all who seek him.”

Ezra may have known his Psalms very well. Psalm 34:10 says, “The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who ?seek the Lord lack no good thing. ”  The Psalmist also suggests the best time to do that is in the morning. Psalm 5:3 says, ” In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” In addition Jesus affirms this truth when he says, “seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” If we ask the question “What Would Jesus Do?” we quickly find the answer by noticing “What Jesus Did.”  In Mark 1:35 we read, “Then?? Jesus?? got up early in the morning when it was still very dark, departed, and went out to a deserted place, and there he spent time in prayer.?”

E. M. Bounds, was deeply devoted to beginning every day by spending some personal time seeking God in prayer and devotions. He says, “The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway. He adds, “If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, he will be in the last place the remainder of the day.”

“But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!”  Revelation 2:4 (NLT)