Scripture: One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. -Psalm 27:4
To seek God, is to know Him all the more. You and I were created to have fellowship with the Father but too often we get so caught up in the lifestyle of this world that we don’t make time in our schedule to seek the Lord wholeheartedly. God is calling each of us to return back to His presence. It is in the presence of our Heavenly Father that we experience communion and the depth of the Father’s love for us.
- What are your heart desires in this season of your life?
- What is seated on the throne of your heart, where God needs to be seated?
- What are you willing to do to draw nearer unto God?
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? -Psalm 42:1-3
In our pursuit to know God, He encounters us. Pursuit began long ago before we came to the knowledge of God. Scripture tells us about David’s yearning for more of God’s presence. David understood that life without intimacy with God was unfulfilling. Instead of seeking things surrounding Him, David chose to dwell in the presence of His Maker. Each day, God invites us into His loving arms. He longs for us to draw nearer unto Him. For Christ alone, is our Rock Eternal. David was aware of God’s presence. His soul longed for the depth of God. He wasn’t comfortable with the basics. He wanted a deeper fellowship with the Father.
- Do you know God as a living God?
- Who and what have you been turning to instead of God?
- How hungry and thirsty are you for the Lord?
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. -Psalm 63:1
Like David, we have been given the privilege to know God. In a world where so many people are searching for answers, the truth has been revealed to us. In fact, God is still unraveling so much of His character to us each day. God longs for each of us to know Him. What good is it for us to exist and not really live? In the same way, what good is it to roam this world without knowing the purpose by which you were created? David cried out to God. His hunger for God was so intense that He couldn’t help but pour out his heart before the Father. David was aware of the foundation of his faith. No one could tell David who his God was because His foundation was built on Christ alone. David desires the presence of God over the gifts that can be presented to Him. David sought the Lord and He surely encountered Him.
- Do you truly know the Lord?
- What is the basis of your relationship with God?
- When was the last time you spent quality time with the Lord?
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets. But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” -Matthew 16:13-16
To know Jesus, is to fall more deeper in love with Him. For so many people, their knowledge of Jesus is based on information that others have told them. Knowing Jesus for themselves is a heart work that they are not willing to undergo. They rather stick to the pieces of the puzzles they are familiar with, than to pick up the pieces of the puzzle and learn more. In this scripture, we clearly see man’s description of Christ but not a revelatory one in the beginning stages. It wasn’t until Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Who do you say I am?” before He was able to give a response. See, Simon Peter was among the rest of the disciples but He didn’t make a remark until Jesus asked of Him. We have got to get to that point where we become comfortable with every information that is given to us without first seeking the Source. The world offers information but the word breathes revelation. Jesus is life and we are made alive in Him. It is His desire that all men will come to the knowledge of Him. Jesus desires intimacy not religion. His heart beats for a relationship with us but we’ve got to stop dabbling with the world.
- Who do you say Jesus is?
- Who are you surrounded by and what do they say about the Lord of your life?
- What are some unbiblical doctrines you need to get rid of?
- Are you ready to know the Lord for yourself if you don’t already know Him?
In order for us to make Christ known, we must first seek to know Him above all else. To know Christ is the foundation of our faith walk. May we take delight in knowing the Lord. As we make room for the King, the more we become kingdom minded and are able to receive His grace, love and everything else that His presence offers us. In receiving, we then are able to extend that which has been given unto those who haven’t experienced the abundant life which is found in Christ alone. Let us go deep and grow deeper in our walk with God. Return to your first love. Jesus, is waiting for you.