When God says things multiple times, He’s probably trying to make a point. You see this many times, with many different topics, but they all have one thing in common; they lead to a deeper knowledge of Him. Today I wanted to talk about seeking God.
It all started while I was praying through the Psalms the morning. “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” (Psalm 9:10 NASB). I started to wonder what it meant for God not to forsake us if we seek Him. The Hebrew word (‘azab) used here, translated forsake or abandon, is what really caught my interest. It’s common usage and connotation is to simply abandon a person or object or anything else, but rather to abandon something held dear. This verse says to me that the people that seek God won’t be left by Him, but that He actually hold them dear to Him. When we are seeking God, we are drawing nearer to Him and making Him happier.
The next passage that came to me is found in Matthew. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8, NASB). I think this is especially important when times are hard to see God. It’s always easy to see Him when times are good, but when times are bad it gets a bit harder. But God says that He tests the righteous and the wicked (Psalm 11:5), so my must persevere and seek Him through the hard times. He is there for us to lean onto, to take refuge in. He isn’t going to let us down. We just have to look through all the smoke and the fog and find His glorious face shining right back at us. I’m not saying this is easy. When times are tough, even tragic, most people turn away from God and blame Him for doing this to them. But something God says, over and over as well, is that He is there for us. All we have to do is seek Him out.
The final passage I came to was, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13, NASB). The last part I think is what we all seem to miss, “with all your heart”. It doesn’t mean that we can spend 10-15 minutes a day doing a quick devotion or reading a short passage of Scripture, or saying a short little prayer before your day starts. Yes, God can be seen there, but we can never truly find Him like He is calling for us to do. We must devote our time and energy into this. This is the foundation to living with worship as a lifestyle. But I think we get in this trap because of the culture we now live in. Information is at our fingertips (literally if you have a touchscreen smartphone or tablet). We can find anything we want with a couple clicks of a mouse, and a few words on a screen. God doesn’t work that way. There is no way to instantly download God. We have to spend time searching for Him.
If anything came out to me today it was that we, as a culture, have to be more intentional about seeking God. It’s not something that we can do quickly or randomly throughout our days. We have to set time to focus on Him and dig into Scripture and prayer. We must seek Him, because that is the only way we will ever find Him.
Psalms to Pray: Psalm 9-13