Chapter 12:
No One Else
Will Do

     I have the wonderful experience of being a father to my two beautiful daughters and a handsome son.  I enjoy, love, and adore them.  During the course of their respective infancies, like all other babies, they cried.  I recall vividly how their piercing screams interrupted lots of dinners, many periods of study and many, many nights of sleep. Like many other fathers, there were very few times during those middle-of-the-night wails when I actually got out of  bed (many times I did not even hear the babies), to respond and check on them.

     Although I often approached the baby’s room thinking I would be the valiant hero saving the damsel in distress, I often needed a hero to save me.  No matter what I did, there were times when those babies just would not stop crying. Neither extensive amounts of walking, nor melodic singing, nor rocking, nor cuddling would do the trick.  Sometimes, the baby simply wanted her mother.  Nothing else would do.  No one else would do. No, not even me!

     Let’s review our definition of “seek” from the previous chapter: “to desire, to reach out at, to go after.” You must seek God always. You know from God’s promises that if you seek Him, you will find Him. And once you find God, you will realize that no one else will do.  You should cling to God the same way a baby clings unto his mother.  You only want God.  You only want Him to rock you and to soothe you and to wipe your tears away. No one else will do. God wants to reward and prosper us just because we are His children. The added bonuses, however, are realized when we thirst, hunger, long for, yearn for, go after, desire, inquire, require, look for and crave God.

Watch Your Language

     “For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,”
(Hebrews 6:13)

     At one point or another, we have all made promises.  Many young people exchange what are called “promise” rings. Although that ring has a promise of love and loyalty, sometimes that promise is broken to the extent that that couple may never see each other again. Along those same lines, marriage vows are often severed to the point of irreconcilability. Although the intention in making promises is to keep them, sometimes they are broken, whether it’s our fault or someone else is to blame. A promise is our word, and a man is only as good as his word. So there are many, many people who need to watch their language.

     God’s Word is His promise. We are blessed to have it in a written form and even more blessed to have it divided into easy to find chapters and verses.  This is an advantage that we have over the prophets of old.  Anytime we have a problem or, if we just simply want to read the Word of God, we can just pick up our Bibles, turn a few pages, and the problem is addressed.

     Neither the Old nor the New Testament prophets have the handy, concise version of the Bible that we today take for granted. They had to be in tune with God in order to know for sure that they had been hearing from Him.  Anytime they brought a message to God’s people, they had to be convicted of the Holy Ghost to preach a Word that no one had ever heard before and that no one could look up and verify.

     Our prophets could not consult the Bible to see what God had to say in a similar situation with someone else. All they could go on was a word from the Lord.  And because God could swear by nothing greater than Himself, He swore on Himself.  He looked at the stars and thought, “No, they are not good enough.  I made them myself.” Then He looked down at the earth and declared, “No, earth is just my footstool. That’s not good enough. Heaven is my throne and that won’t do either.” God was so intent on keeping His promise to Abraham, that He put His own reputation at stake. He said, “I, God, swear on God. And I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God.”  God cannot lie. In Him there is no guile, no dishonesty and no mocking, so he fulfilled the promises made to Abraham.  Abraham became the Father of Many Nations, and God continued to bless and prosper him.

There Is None Like Him

     “Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6)

     You do not have to be a genius to understand that no one can do for you what God can do for you.  No one will bless you the way God will bless you.  No one will confer peace upon you the way God will confer peace upon you.  God is the author and finisher of our faith. That which He has said, He will perform. That which He has spoken, He will bring to pass.