SEEKING THE LORD, 07.05.20
Although believers often refer to seeking the Lord, they are usually referring to some specific item regarding an answer to prayer. But is this more to seeking than merely looking for answers? Is this really what seeking the Lord is all about? Are there more meaningful ways and more desirable motives for seeking Him?
Let’s take a look and see what we can find in God’s Word, the Scriptures.
We can find examples of King David seeking the Lord with specific questions about whether or not to go to war, at various points in time:
2 Samuel 5:
19 So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?”
And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.”
23 Therefore David inquired of the Lord, and He said, “You shall not go up;
Paul and his colleagues sought the Lord regarding missions trips and related activities:“the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away” (Acts 13:2,3).
Certainly it is not only good wisdom, but also critical to seek the Lord in order to make right decisions and to be in the midst of God’s will. These examples validate the idea of seeking the Lord regarding specific needs/information for particular activities and/or events. Seeking the Lord on any matter is very important as an act of surrender. If we want to ensure that what we are considering as a line of action in our work, personal lives, etc. is in line with God’s will, this should be standard practice.
Yahweh encourages His people to seek Him; and His primary concern seems to be that of motives and heart issue – i.e., if you seek Him, He wants it to come from the heart, implying a sincere need or desire, not a nonchalant, frivolous or flippant attitude, or erroneous expectation.
“you will seek the Lord your God, and
you will find Him if you seek Him with
all your heart and with all your soul.”
4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the Lord shall
not lack any good thing.
But should we only be seeking to know things, to obtain answers, needs and/or desires? Or is there a higher level of seeking that is perhaps more pleasing to the Lord?
One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.
O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!
Ah! Could that be it? Does our Lord desire that His children, His people, those who are to become the BRIDE, would long for Him, would hunger, thirst for Him, would revel in His magnificence, His power and His glory? Could this be that brand of seeking which is more meaningful?
Recall Jesus/Yeshua talking to the woman at the well, when He said to her: “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water” (John 4:10); isn’t this part of it, that those who know Who He is would hold Him in absolute awe? And He went on to say: “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:13,14). Shouldn’t God’s people just live for that Living Water, for the privilege of drinking from that fountain of eternal water? Isn’t this what seeking Him should be about? Isn’t this the most important thing? Isn’t that why Jesus/Yeshua said: “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt.6:33)?
With my whole heart I have sought You;
Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
17 I love those who love me,
And those who seek me diligently will find me.
3 And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you,
the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.
27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they
might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us
10 I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead.
From the previous quotes it becomes clear that there is another form of seeking, and that is the seeking of the Lord with the specific intent and desire to know Him, to go deeper into communion with Him, not merely to acquire something from Him. And Jeremiah sums it up entirely in:
But let him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness,
judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these I delight,” says the Lord.
It is clearly meaningful to our Heavenly Father when His children want/desire to know Him, not just wanting to get something from Him. Just like any caring relationship, when we enter into a covenant relationship we intend it to be based on reciprocal and genuine caring, and not what one can gain/benefit from the other. It’s not any different in the relationship with our Heavenly Father. He is not our Genie, Santa Clause, Fairy Godmother, or whatever label one might use.
“Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!” (1 Chron.16:11); Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near” (Isa.55:6); “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt.6:33).
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