If the act of seeking burned calories we would all be thin.
It is something we all do, all or most of the time.
- When we are weary we seek rest.
- When we are bored we seek amusement.
- When we are afraid we seek safety.
- When we are broke, income is what we seek.
We could go on like this for 500 words but there is no need. I am seeking to make a point.
Seeking the Lord
The Psalmist recommends that, of all the things or people we burn calories seeking, we should also seek the Lord. Seeking God leads to a rejoicing heart. Constantly seeking His face is an unfailing source of strength. What does it mean to seek the Lord, more specifically, to seek His face?
The dictionary helps us understand the many meanings of this simple word:
- “To go in search of” our Creator.
- “To try to find or discover” the truth about God.
- “To try to obtain” the attention and care of our Heavenly Father.
- “ To try or attempt” something with or for the Lord.
- “To go to” where God is.
- “To ask for or request” something from the Lord.
All of these meanings of the verb “to seek” are helpful to us as we see why we are so busy seeking.
- We need God!
- We need to know the truth about God!
- We need to pray to Him; that is to spend time with Him and to be cared for by Him.
- We need to do what He has put us on this earth to do in order to enjoy our lives.
- We need to live in Him, under the authority of His Kingdom; it is the only safe place to live.
- We need things that only He can provide
This is the multifaceted quest of human beings everywhere.
Without God, this is our restlessness and our frustration. Seeking God in all the wrong places wears us out.
- We run from method to madness seeking a framework for living.
- We are drugged and stupefied by the drone of voices in their monotone songs of pleasure and selfishness and deceitful freedom. The freedom of self-destruction is no freedom at all.
- We are convinced by our mentors that there are indeed no monsters under our beds and no God to face when we finally wake up.
- We sign our names on contracts already voided by experience.
- The face we seek is the one in the mirror.
A Glowing Promise
For the Christ-follower, seeking the Face of God is every day’s business and every night’s comfort. This is no fantasy or myth—this is a glowing promise: if we seek Him we will find Him! We will find Him in His Word as we read and believe, in His presence as we pray and worship, in His will as we obey, and in His church, as we take our place in a family of seekers, like us, who have been found.
Psalm 105: 1-5
Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
Psalm 24:3-6 NKJV
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face.
Isaiah 55:6-7 NKJV
Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.
Matthew 6:31-34 NKJV
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV
“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.
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Lord Jesus, I seek Your face; help me bring my whole heart to the task. I read the promises You have made and as I do, my faith builds. I expect to find You! I believe that in my spirit I will see Your face. To behold Your glory is to be changed from glory to glory—this is my heart’s desire. Show me the things in my heart that block my spiritual vision. Show the behaviors in my life that block my spiritual progress. Your Kingdom is the object of my quest. Your righteousness is my desire. I know that You will meet all my needs as my quest continues. I ask You to let lesser things fade in my vision so that, unhindered, I can seek Your face. All for You, Lord Jesus; all for You! Amen.
Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
Words and Music: Karen Lafferty
Seek Ye first the Kingdom of God
And His righteousness.
And all these things shall be added unto to you;
Man shall not live by bread alone
But by every word
That proceeds from the mouth of God
Ask and it shall be given unto you
Seek and ye shall find
Knock and the door shall be opened unto you
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