Scripture: Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
Reflection: To seek God is to know Him. Learning to seek the face of God is paramount to the growth of every believer. The truth is seeking the face of God is a choice. It is a decision that one has to make daily. In Psalm 63, David illustrates his hunger and thirst for God. He makes it known that God is whom He has come to seek by this statement.
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.
David called upon the Lord and He heard his cry and satisfied his longing for more of Him. In our pursuit of drawing near to our Heavenly Father, many things (family, friends, circumstances) can stand in the way of us going deeper in our walk with God. Like David, we must prioritize and be intentional with our relationship with the Lord.
Will there ever be a time where the Lord may not be found?
The truth is God isn’t hiding somewhere. He wants to be known. We didn’t find Him; He found us. In Luke 15, we clearly see the heart of our Heavenly Father. He is a God who daily pursues us. I believe that the only time the Lord cannot be found is when our hearts are hardened and when He calls us home.
In Psalm 95, the Lord makes it very clear to His people by saying,
Today, if only you would hear his voice (God’s voice),
“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, where your ancestors tested me; For forty years I was angry with that generation;
One of the greatest gifts we have been given through Jesus is the privilege of hearing the voice of the Father. John 10:27 reminds us that God’s sheep hear His voice. We are the sheep of His pasture and hearing the voice of God is a gift we have given. As it is written in John 10:27,
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Is there a specific way to seek to the Lord?
In fact, I don’t know if there’s a specific way that one can seek God because the way you may seek God may not be the way I seek Him. For me, seeking God is simply inviting Him into your life (total surrender). It is through prayer, worship, studying His word and etc. It’s coming into His presence and allowing Him to have His way. It’s pouring out your praise unto Him. Seeking God to me is yielding to the Holy Spirit and abiding in His presence. It’s asking God to create in me a clean heart and to renew a steadfast spirit within me. Seeking the Lord has many components but what matters most is the condition of your heart. Many come into the presence of the Lord to seek after His hand (riches and miracles) while a very few people come to seek after His face. It’s in the place of seeking that one’s character is revealed unto them.
In Matthew 7:7, we are reminded that to everyone who ask, they shall receive. To the one who seeks, they will find and for the one who knocks the door will be opened unto them. The problem isn’t one asking, seeking or even knocking but much rather the intent behind it. You can seek but what is the condition of your heart? It is a promise that when we seek, we will find. The truth is we live in a time and a generation where people are seeking after so many things. James 4:2-5 makes it very clear to us by this statement
God is sovereign but yet still He longs to have an intimate relationship with us. He wants to be encountered bu His children. The only requirements in seeking God is coming as you are and repenting of your sin. In our key verse, we are reminded that “Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” In the same way as this scripture, Romans 3:23 reminds us that “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. We are all in need of God’s mercies which are new every morning (See Lamentations 3:22-23). Like David, may we get a point in our lives where we say,
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise (See Psalm 51:17)
Is there a time or specific place for God to be found?
There isn’t a specific time to seek God. He is to be sought at all times. I’ve heard people say time and time again that they will give their life to God completely when they turn a certain age or when they get married. The time to seek God is now! No one knows the time and hour the Lord will call them home. As children belonging to the King, we must prepare for our bridegroom. We must stop making excuses for the reason why we aren’t knocking on Heaven’s doors.
It is my prayer that we will accept God’s invitation. It’s in accepting the invitation that we take the steps necessary in growing spiritually in our walk with the Lord. Seeking the Lord is a choice. It is a gift and a wonderful privilege to know the heart of the Father. No matter where you are in your walk with God, He still desires to have fellowship with you. He dined with sinners. He didn’t come for the righteous. He came for you and I. We serve a God who deeply loves us and wants to know Him. As you make that choice to seek God daily, may He reveal Himself to you in ways you never imagined. May the eyes of your heart be enlightened and may you take delight and joy in the presence of your Heavenly Father.
Taste and see that the is good;
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.-Revelations 3:20
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. -Hebrews 11:6
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. -James 4:8
Thank you for taking the time to read. Feel free to leave any takeaways or anything in mind. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ 😊🕊