Seeking God

The first thing I think of when I hear the words "seeking God" is that we are supposed to do it with our whole hearts. Jesus said in Mark chapter 12 and verse 30 that we are to "love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all of our mind and with all of our strength." Seeking God should be a very intimate process. It should never be about reaching  a certain level. What I mean by that is, we should not look at it like we would a talent or skill. For instance, I could start practicing a sport and once I get so good, it might get boring until I move on to the next thing I feel like getting good at. Sure, we must practice spiritual things. It has to be a discipline. But it is a daily process and there is not a mountain peak we climb to and then come down once we feel like we are done. When it comes to God, there is not an end to the depth of His love. No end to how high He is. He is the Most High! With that being said, we can draw near to Him and we can be sure that he will draw near to us as well! James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” This means, no matter where we are in life, now is the time to draw near to God! No matter if we think “we have obtained” or if we think we are too far gone. 

Paul said in Philippians 3:12: “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.” Romans chapter 13 and verse 11 says: “And this, knowing the season, that now it is high time for you to awake out of sleep: for now is salvation nearer to us than when we first believed.” Every single day that we have breath in our lungs is the right time to seek God! I know many who think they have to first reach a certain point before they can humble themselves before God. As if salvation was based on their own goodness. And I’ve done this a million times myself. I am encouraged to know that righteousness is a gift. And because of the gift God has given me, I can come boldly to His throne of grace! When it comes to seeking God, we must not try to clean the outside before receiving an inward cleansing. It just does not work that way. Matthew 23:26 says: “You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too.”

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:13-14. It says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.” This is something I meditate on a lot. Seeking God with all of our heart requires us to trust Him. We must trust him enough to enter in boldly as stated in Hebrews 4:16. This means we cannot come in through self-righteousness. The only way we can be so bold is by standing on the finished work of Jesus Christ. If we are to come in fully trusting God, then it also requires humility and vulnerability. That is one thing I love about the presence of God. We must be bold enough to come, but also humble enough to walk in reverence towards the creator of the universe. We must walk in the fear of the LORD. We must be able to lay it all down. That means we must lay ourselves down, if we cannot do that, then we cannot grow “in God.” And if we are not growing in God, then we are not truly living the abundant life that Jesus promised us in John 10:10.

If we are unable to truly seek God with humility, then we are missing out on so much. It is so easy to miss out on His benefits (Psalm 103). These benefits include healing, deliverance, transformation, new vision, new ideas, new songs, new praises, new life, new joy… etc. We can not afford to miss out on what Jesus has purchased for us on the cross. We literally can not afford the price He paid. And if we are not seeking God, how can we obtain it? Certainly God’s blessings are not obtainable outside of His presence and sovereignty. We must seek God’s presence. We must seek God’s will. We must seek God for who He is. Because He alone deserves all of the honor, glory and praise.

We worship whatever it is that we spend time entertaining. Even vegetation produces fruit and obeys the perfect will of His creation and purposeful design. All of God’s creation was created to worship. The question is, what is it that we spend our time worshipping? What are we focusing on? The answers to these questions will tell us what kind of fruit we will produce. We will multiply whether we like it or not. It is how we were designed. Seeking God is detrimental to our purpose and the legacy we leave. It changes everything. Seeking God and walking in the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Why is that? Because our identity is found in Yahweh. Without our identity, which image will we produce? Will it be the image of God spreading around the earth? In other words, will we bring good news, declaring the kingdom everywhere we go? Will peace follow us or confusion? Will God’s Spirit order our steps? Or will disorder rule over us? Seeking God is the answer to all of these life questions. I can attest to this by experience and by the word of God which I hold close to my heart. Seeking God changed my life. Seeking God daily changes my life every day.

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