Why would God the Father go through such painful extreme of redeeming us back to Himself by sending to us His one and only son, Jesus Christ to bear the punishment that we deserved by going through the most horrific death that no one could or ever will undergo for us?
It was only to prove His unconditional, undying love for every man and every woman and for us to once again enjoy an intimate fellowship with our Maker.
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But ‘Seeking God‘ is a term we hear and can relate to a lot so much so that it can turn out to be a monotonous routine if we’re not careful. At least that is what I can tell about myself yet the times I have felt Gods presence ever so close to me is during the dark moments when I have sought the Lord with all my heart.
Jeremiah 29:13,14 says “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity”.
So, where do we find God?
It’s in His Word, in our sorrows, our joys, our turmoils, our triumphs, in our fears, our doubts, His working in other people’s lives and so on.
Jeremiah 29:13 says, ‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’.
God wants us to know not just about Him but to know Him personally. A relationship that involves knowledge or intellect but no heart is not a relationship at all. His presence is always with us and surrounds us but it takes an active role on our part of seeking Him. It’s not our own efforts but the Lord who enables us to go after Him.
Does this come easily?
Well, not really because in this journey called ‘life’ that we all go through, there are many barriers that we need to overcome. For some these barriers are our own self like our selfish desires, our own agendas, our own thoughts, being complacent, lethargic, being too focused on our circumstances or situations, all about ‘us’ and other distractions that draw us away from our walk with God.
Since Gods word says that ‘the heart is deceitful above all things‘, we need to keep coming back to the cross, back to God asking Him to empty ourselves of every pride, selfishness and other sins that captivate our hearts.
Jesus says in John 14:6, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’.
If we seek God, we will find Him and when His Truth dwells in our hearts it means Christ dwelling richly in our hearts.
Here are some practical ways we can seek the Lord:
- Talking honestly with God as you would with a best friend which is praying, reading, studying and meditating on His word, reading good Christian literature and other resources
- Journalising new insights and thoughts that God lays on your heart.
- Listening to encouraging and uplifting gospel songs as well as sermons, discussions, talks and even asking questions to people who follow Jesus.
These are some of the ways we can fill our hearts and minds with the things of God and pursue Him.