Seek God

A very important scripture is found in Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  Without faith it is impossible to please God.  You can try to be a good person, but without faith it is impossible to please God.  Faith is in your heart and is demonstrated by your actions.  You must have faith.  You must believe that God is.  You must believe that He rewards those who diligently seek Him – not those who half-heartedly or partially or sometimes seek Him.  But those who search out, investigate, crave, and worship Him.  He will reward those who seek Him; I am confident that whatever reward God will give us is worth receiving.

As sinners, we did not seek God.  Psalm 14:2-3 “The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God.  They have all turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, no, not one.”  Now, as born again believers, we should desire to seek Him.  God, through the prophet Jeremiah, promised the Israelites that if they sought Him, they would find Him.  Jeremiah 29:12-14 “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.  I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.”  Just as with the Israelites, if we seek God and search for Him with all of our heart, I believe that we will find Him.  The apostle Paul spoke about the one true God to those in Athens.  Acts 17:26-28 “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’”  God wants us to seek Him and find Him; He is not far from each one of us.

I believe there are various ways that we can seek God.  We seek Him when we seek to understand who He is through the reading and studying of the Bible.  He described Himself before Moses in Exodus 34:6-7 “And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.’”  We see His nature as He interacted with people throughout time as described in the Bible.  We see God’s nature when we observe how Jesus lived.  Philip asked Jesus to show them God the Father.  John 14:8-9 “Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?’” We seek God when we seek to know Jesus.

We seek God when we seek His Kingdom.  Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  His kingdom includes the church and all it stands for.  I believe that seeking His kingdom means seeking to be a part of His kingdom and seeking the furtherance of His kingdom.  We seek God when we seek the things that are above.  Colossians 3:1-2 “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”

We seek God when we seek to draw near to Him.  James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”  Since God is a righteous God, we cannot truly seek Him and draw near to Him if we continue in sin and are double-minded in that we sometimes believe and sometimes don’t believe.

We can seek God by asking Him in prayer to reveal Himself to us.  The apostle Paul prayed for the Colossians in Colossians 1:9-10 “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”  Ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will and seek to walk fully pleasing to Him.  The apostle Paul also prayed for the Ephesians in Ephesians 3:14-19 “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height —  to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”   Seek to have Christ dwell in your heart; seek to comprehend the love of Christ and God; seek to be filled with all the fullness of God.

Isaiah 55:6 “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.”  If you delay in seeking the Lord, you may not be able to find Him.  Here is what David wrote.  Psalm 63:1 “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.”  I encourage you to diligently seek God.

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