Seeking

“ And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

                                                        Jeremiah 29:13

 

Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
Isaiah 55:6

 

Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually.

                                                       1 Chronicles 16”11

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve felt that the Holy Spirit has placed in my consciousness the concept of “seeking” Him. At first it seemed innocuous—I’d read a verse about seeking the Lord in a devotional and I’d gloss over the text. But then I started hearing that notion in different media—snippets of sermons and radio devotionals on KDRY and in my bible reading—and it felt like a targeted marketing campaign personalized to little ol’ me! I do believe, however, that the message might be for you and for us as His body as well, so I’m going to share.

 

The command to seek God (His face, His kingdom, Him) is found throughout the Old and New Testaments. According to Strong’s Concordance, the Hebrew word for “seek” is baqash, and the Greek word is zeteo. Both have a sense of fervency and earnestness, in the same way “seek” in English is distinguished from “search” or “look for”. Dictionary.com suggests that “pursue” is a synonym, and I believe that describes perfectly what Scripture commands us to do, over and over again.

We know that for believers, God is always with us, as we walk with His Holy Spirit. If He is always with us, why do we have to seek Him? My response would be to pose this rhetorical question: are we keenly aware of His presence with us and does our relationship and witness reflect that, or do we take Him for granted?

 

Friends, God continuously wants to draw us into closer relationship with Him. He knows our human hearts and the challenges that living in this world provides, and how difficult it is to overcome the noise and busyness that the world imposes on our psyche. When He tells us to seek Him, our response to Him requires action on our part. Seeking isn’t done passively or something we can contract out to another. It involves energy, focus, and intentionality on our part.

 

God’s promise is that if we seek Him with our whole heart, we will find Him. What greater treasure is there?

 

Prayer Requests

  • For those who are facing hardships and cannot share with friends or family
  • For those who are suffering at the hands of others—pray for the victims as well as those who inflict the suffering
  • For those who are self-medicate due to pain, tragedy, or loss
  • For us to be His church and follow His will, regardless of the cost

 

Perhaps next week’s devotional will be about what it really means to seek God.

 

Quotes

 

“When we behold the face of God, all memories of pain and suffering will vanish. Our souls will be totally healed.” – R.C. Sproul

 

“Our bible reading should not be a marathon, but a slow, deliberate soaking in of its message.”   — A. W. Tozer