Seeking God is simply wanting to know Him more.
To know God is a choice that we must all make. We must choose whether to be complacent or whether to be hungry for more of Him. The truth is that many of us do not search for Him, we expect him to be the one who comes looking for us and to reveal himself without us actively pursuing Him. God has given us so much already, freely, and all He asks is for us to just seek Him and show Him that we love Him.
‘You will seek me, and find me, when you seek me with your whole heart’ ~ Jeremiah 29:13
Do you not get tired of receiving so much from God and not showing any affection towards Him? God is not a genie, He is our Father and wants to be close to us and we draw close to Him through seeking him- getting to know Him through His word.
God sacrificed so much for us out of love, and He made a simple request for us to seek Him. This is so that we can know Him more. However, some of us fail to do so because we are so used to enjoying the free gifts of God, and do not feel compelled to establish a relationship with Him. If you never give anything to God, then you do not have a relationship with Him. I am not saying that God needs anything from you because He doesn’t, but He does desire a relationship with you and one person cannot have a relationship, it takes two people – you and Him.
In Matthew 7:23 it says (Jesus speaking) “But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’”
This is Christ talking about the people who thought that they had a relationship with God because He was using them to heal the sick and cast out demons, but they failed to follow His laws. When I was reading this verse the Holy Spirit revealed to me that God isn’t saying that He doesn’t literally know us, because He does. He was there when we were created, but what Jesus is saying is that He doesn’t recognise them. Why? Because they didn’t look like Him. Christ was not found in them. Jesus said, “abide in me and I will abide in you”. John 15:4. When we fail to seek Him, we limit Jesus’ access into our lives and therefore we prevent him from abiding in us, instead, we make him a visitor in our lives. We let him come in every now and again and when we’re tired of seeking Him we basically tell Him to leave. God can only behold holiness and holiness can only be found in Christ so if Christ is not abiding in you, then neither is holiness and so God does not recognise you and knows you as His own.
‘God saved you by grace by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done so none can boast about it’ ~ Ephesians 2:8-9
Please don’t get it confused, our efforts do not save us. Even seeking God doesn’t make you righteous, it just positions your life in line with the will of God and gives your heart a posture of surrender. When you surrender to God you give Him an open door into your life to move and establish His kingdom within you. ‘For the kingdom of God is now within us.’ Luke 17:21.
Seeking God separates us from the Pharisees. These are the ones who give God nothing but lip service, and before you count yourself out we have all been there. At one point, we only gave God nothing more than an emotional speech that had no substance or bearing on our lives. Sometimes we don’t realise that that is what we are doing because we feel obliged to tell Go what we think He wants to hear. You don’t have to lie to Him, He delights in the truth of your heart and that’s it. Having a relationship with Him starts with honesty and transparency. You may be asking yourself but how do I seek God, like I said at the start, seeking God is literally just wanting to know Him more. Matthew 5:6 says those who hunger and thirst for the Lord shall be filled. Seeking God is basically having a hunger to know Him more and this hunger can only grow through spending time with Him and being transparent, giving all areas of your life to Him. This can be done through prayer, reading the word, worship, spending times alone with God, but especially the word. Jesus is the Word and the best way to know Him is through His word. John 1:1.
Set time aside daily that works for you, whether in the morning, mid-day or night and dedicate that time to reading the Bible and praying to God to know Him more.
Stay Blessed x