In preparing for the sermon I gave this past Sunday night, I did some research on seeking after God. Most of us are familiar with Jesus’ words:
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8, NASB
This is a beautiful promise which reminds us that if we truly desire to find God, we will be able to. He will make Himself available to us. But it does require effort on our part. We do have to intentionally seek after Him. One of the things I noticed as I did my research is this isn’t a one-time promise. Some references in the Old Testament are:
“But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. – Deuteronomy 4:29, NASB
“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. – 1 Chronicles 28:9, NASB
Now the Spirit of God came on Azariah the son of Oded, and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the LORD is with you when you are with Him And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you. – 2 Chronicles 15:1-2, NASB
I especially love the promise given in Deuteronomy 4. It is presented to the nation of Israel and it comes after Moses points out that they will turn away from God and worship other gods, even those they’ve made with their own hands. The catch is that seeking after God has to be done with all their heart and soul. In other words, a desperate search where everything is gambled for the opportunity to find the Living God. Too often I hear folks talk about not being to hear from God, or having lost their fire for God, or not believing God exists because though they’ve looked for Him, they’ve not found Him. The question that comes to my mind is “Have you poured everything into a search for Him? Have you set aside all that holds you back in an effort to find Him?” And if I ask it I usually don’t get an answer back, because in truth those folks haven’t. I know that until I reached a point where I had given up on everything else, God was not to be found. But once I realized I was nothing and that if there wasn’t a God and an afterlife that nothing else mattered, there He was.
It doesn’t matter how far off we’ve wandered. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done in life. It doesn’t matter what we haven’t done in life. If we truly desire to find God and that is something we pour our whole heart and soul into, His Word promises us we will find Him. This doesn’t just apply to those who are lost and have never walked with Jesus. It also applies to believers when we’ve lost our way and wandered off from His lights which were intended to guide our path. But this isn’t something we can play games with. We can’t say we want to find God with our lips and not truly mean it in our hearts. If that’s the case, we won’t find Him. The words to Solomon make it clear that God looks at our hearts and thoughts and He knows our true intentions. If they aren’t to seek after Him, and we don’t seek after Him, but forsake Him, then He will forsake us. Such was spoken to Solomon and Asa. But if we seek… we find! That’s the promise: we will be able to commune with the Creator of the Universe, with God Almighty, with the Most High God. And we are able to do so because He has permitted it to be this way. Through the death of His Son, Jesus, we can approach Him and find Him. Praise God!