Seeking The Lord
It usually happens this time of year that people do things differently than at other times. A lot of people become melancholy and depressed, and if they do not curtail their emotions may resort to suicide. Others experience a feeling of euphoria but eventually end up in jail or the hospital. Others, still, look around and see that people are more polite and kind to others during this season. And a very few decide that something is missing in their lives and start seeking God.
In Psalm 10:4, we read: “The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts”. A lot of people who normally consider themselves good might become offended by what God says here. They should ask themselves how often God is really in their thoughts. If people are honest and admit that God is not often in their thoughts, the result is a condition that God calls wickedness. These people are full of pride and will not submit to God. Seldom do they ever seek God, even though God is willing to be found and desirous of being sought.
In Psalm 9:10 we read: “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You”. God has promised to never leave us or forsake us who are faithful. We read this in Hebrews 13:5. Jeremiah 17:7 reads in part “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD.” The very middle verse of the Bible has this theme. In Psalm 118:8 it reads “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man”. Sometimes trusting in man is trusting in yourself, so it is best if people can learn to trust God.
In Psalm 119:2 we read “Blessed are those who keep His testimonies (laws and commandments, cs), Who seek Him with the whole heart!” Blessings come in many forms, but the best blessings come from God for those who seek God with the whole heart. The whole heart means our every thought and desire, and it also means 24/7 as much as is possible when we are not sleeping. Our every waking moment must retain the knowledge of God for us to be the type of people God desires and will invite into heaven.
Another warning we need to read is found in Psalm 119:155 “Salvation is far from the wicked, For they do not seek Your statutes”. Those who do not seek to learn God’s laws are going to be deprived of salvation. We can know if people have their hearts attuned to God’s laws by the way they live, and by the way they treat other people.
God also loves those who seek him, as we read in Proverbs 8:17 “I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me”. Obviously, God hates the wicked if they will not turn from their wicked ways. Now, we read in other places that God loved the world, and sent His Son (John 3:16), but to benefit from His love, it is necessary to obey the Son.
Hebrews 5:9 reads in part that “Jesus is the author of eternal salvation to all those who obey Him”.
Obeying Jesus and God one month out of the year, or one week out of the month or one day out of the week does not cut it. If you cut a piece of pie into twelve pieces and eat one piece, have you eaten the whole pie? No. If we cut our hearts away from God and only come to Him once a year, are we seeking God with our whole heart? No,
In Jeremiah 29:13, we read: “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart”. We must dedicate our lives to seek God and serve God from now on. And the good thing is we do not have to look far, because God has told us that He is near, just waiting for us to seek Him. Isaiah 55:6 reads: “Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near”.
God stands ready to welcome you into His fold. God does not desire anyone to be lost, but they will be lost, simply by not seeking Him. Make the decision to learn God’s word and obey it. Believe on the Christ as the Son of God and your savior; repent of your sins and turn away from them; have the courage to confess the good name of Jesus now and always; and be baptized for the remission of your sins; then you can begin your spiritual journey until your life comes to an end.
Do not put off seeking the Lord. Turn your life over to Him and let Him direct your steps through life. Let us help you at the Eastside Church of Christ in Ranger. We meet at the corner of Strawn Rd and Young St on Sunday at 9:45 for Bible study; 10:45 for worship and at 5:00pm for worship; and we meet on Wednesday for Bible study at 7:00pm. Everyone is welcome.
By Carey Scott
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