March 31, 2020
“If my people…will…seek my face.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
When we are missing something, we cannot find it by simply sitting in front of the television, playing golf, nor tennis. When we are missing something in life, we must take action. We must seek it. When we are missing something, it helps to clean up the house. We have to take some action to find what’s missing. Perhaps , when are looking for the missing pieces in our life, we need to clean up our internal house to find what we are really looking for. To fill the void that is in our life, the hole that only God can fill, we must seek him to find him. The hole cannot be filled with money, fame, food, drugs, alcohol, or sex. The dark void can only be satisfied and filled with the Light of our God.
God is not an elusive God. God loves us immeasurably. He wants to be found. He wants be in relationship with us. He wants to be in our presence. He wants us to love him back. He is not going to enter a place He is unwanted. We are not going to be in a relationship with anyone who does not want to give us the time of day. Why would He? Because he loves. However, He wants us to seek Him. He will pursue us. He will call us, but He wants to be pursued; He wants to be called.
In 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Hebrew word for seek is baqash. It is a action verb meaning to search, to search out by any method, specifically in worship or prayer; to choose for ones self, require, desire, to inquire.
God wants us to require Him. He wants us to worship Him. He wants us to admit that we cannot do life without him. God wants us to desire him. We all want to be desired. God wants us to desire to be in His presence as much as He desires to be in ours. God wants us to inquire of Him. He wants us to talk to him. He wants us to pray with and to Him.
REQUIRE. DESIRE. INQUIRE. Seek God.
In Deuteronomy 4:29, God promises: “But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find [him], if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”
The word seek is used twice in the above verse. The first time seek is used, it is translated baqash which we just discussed. The second time seek is used it is the Hebrew word, darash. The translation of this word means to require, desire and inquire, but it also means to resort to, to, frequent a place; to practice, study, to follow, seek with application, to follow, tread, to trample, to beat a path.
God wants us to come to Him so frequently that we “beat a path to Him. I love this picture! To make a path in the woods we would have to walk the same way to our destination over and over again. What is your chosen path to God? Is it through His word? Study? Worship? Prayer? Songs? Books? Sermons? Podcasts? Many paths lead to the presence and the face of the God. He does not care how we get there. Just get there. S eek Him. He promises that when we seek and give him our whole heart and mind that we…will…find…Him.
BEAT A PATH TO HIM.
Why does God have to tell His people to seek Him?
In Psalms 10:4 we find one of the answers, “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek [after God]: God [is] not in all his thoughts.”
We become to proud in our own efforts. We think: “I can do it all by myself!” We try to think on our own and accomplish our own plans and purposes. God wants to be in the middle of all our thoughts! It’s our choice. We have to seek him and invite him in to our life. He has great plans for us. The word says in Psalms 34:10, “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good [thing].”
Good things are in store!
In Matthew 6:33, Jesus says: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” I hear God saying,
“Need love? A job? A house? Groceries? Healing? What do you need? Love me. Seek me. Require me. Desire me. Inquire of me. Beat a path to me. I am here waiting. Ask me! I got this. It’s yours. You have set your love on me. You know my name. I will deliver you. I will set your on high. I am with you. I will show you my salvation in every need.”
I enCOURAGE you to seek His face:
Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually. (1 Chronicles 16:11 (KJV))
Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.(Psalms 105:4 (KJV)
I enCOURAGE you to make this your declaration: “One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; 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 enquire in his temple.”