Seeking the Lord is not just for Sundays
Last week we discussed what God desires more than anything else and that is to love Him and to love others…
Matthew 22: 36“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” 37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
The problem I’ve always had with this is how do you love someone that is invisible? Someone that you cannot see, interact with, or “hang out” with, right?
I mean, naturally speaking, the idea of knowing someone that is invisible, much less loving them, seems a little weird or just downright wacko. Just ask any atheist. 🙂
Since I was little I believed that Jesus came to earth to pay the price for our sins and was resurrected. So for me at least I think there was a disconnect. Although I believed in the Gospel message, I did not know how to relate to God in any way. This explains why I did not know how to love Him.
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All this changed when I started to seek Him. I made a serious effort, a commitment, if you will, to not only start reading the Bible regularly but to get to know Him. Remember Hosea 6:6 and that Jesus referred to it twice?
Hosea 6: 6 I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.
What God has shown me is that getting to know Him is the key to loving Him. Which is why I think the concept of seeking God is found all throughout the Old and New Testaments:
2 Chron. 15: …The Lord will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you seek him, you will find him.
1 Chronicles 16: 11 Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.
This verse shows that seeking God is not something that you finish and check off, but one that is perpetual.
1 Chronicles 22: 19 Now seek the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.
1 Chronicles 28: 9 “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.
Psalm 14: 2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.
Speaking of atheists:
Psalm 10: 4 The wicked are too proud to seek God.They seem to think that God is dead.
And now for the New Testament
Matt. 7: 7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find.
And here’s my favorite:
Matthew 6: 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
In summary, I believe that seeking God leads to knowing God (as promised) and knowing God leads to loving God, and this is just the beginning.
I’ll conclude with this verse:
John 17: 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.
Will you seek Him?