Building A Life - Seeking God
Seeking the Lord!
God wants to help you build a life worth living. This will require each of us to seek the Lord so that we can know him and follow the plans that he has for each of us. Seeking the Lord is not easy because it required each of us to die to ourselves every day and to go after the Lord with all that we have. For example, a couple of years ago my wife and i went out to Arkansas to go mining for diamonds. If you find a diamond you get to keep it. We prepared as best we could from everything we read but let me tell you that seeking after a diamond in a fifty-acre field is no easy task it is a lot of work. King David in his song of praise to the Lord sings these words that are written in 1 Chronicles 16:11 “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.” Why would king David write these words for us? Because the Lord God gave a promise in his word that if week seek him we would find him. This promise is first given in Deuteronomy 4:29 “But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all of your heart and with all of your soul.” King David searched after the Lord with all of his heart and found that God was faithful to keep his promises. Later in Israel’s life the Lord reinforced this promise through Jeremiah the prophet in Jeremiah 29:13 “you will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all of your heart.” the Lord says you will find me in the next verse. Seeking the Lord and his kingdom first is something that we must learn to do. We often seek to take care of our needs and wants first when Jesus promised that if we seek first his kingdom and his righteousness that our needs would be taken care of. If we are going to seek the Lord and his strength and his presence continually we must act in faith. You see faith is the assurance of things hoped for the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exist, and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6) When Rebekah and I went to Arkansas to the Diamond we were excited because we knew that there were diamonds there and that if we found one that would be our reward for searching for one. We didn’t find one on that trip. Here is what I learned from that trip. There was a dad who put all four of his kids through college from diamonds that he found in that field. He searched and worked and was rewarded. Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!