Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
When Thou didst say, “Seek My face,”
my heart said to Thee,
“Thy face, O Lord, I shall seek,”
O God, Thou art my God; I shall seek Thee earnestly;
My soul thirsts for Thee, my flesh yearns for Thee,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Thus I have beheld Thee in the sanctuary,
To see Thy power and Thy glory.
Because Thy lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips will praise Thee.
So I will bless Thee as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Thy name.
My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.
When I remember Thee on my bed,
I meditate on Thee in the night watches,
for Thou hast been my help,
And in the shadow of Thy wings I sing for joy.
We were made for God, and to live abundantly, we must continually be seeking Him out, searching after Him, treasuring Who He is, and longing for more of Him. He must be the desire of our heart, for it is only in diligent pursuit of Him that we are safe.
Yes, salvation is all of God – He sought us out while we were still His enemies, purchased our freedom, and freely pours out on us new mercies and lavish grace each day. But that salvation is worked out, tried and proven, as we pursue Him, ever longing for more of Him and to be transformed into His image. He didn’t save us and then say, “See you up in Heaven some day… Have a good life.” No, He saved us and calls us to follow hard after Him, even as He called Simon and Andrew away from their fishing nets.
Seeking can be hard work, but it’s worth it. It’s active, not passive. It’s paddling upstream so you don’t get swept downstream by the current. And it’s infinitely better than the alternative of not seeking Him…
So King Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned…
And he did evil because he did not set his heart to seek the Lord.
2 Chronicles 12:13a,14
The story of Rehoboam is interesting. He was Solomon’s son, David’s grandson. He had a godly heritage, and started off well, but quickly got off track by doing things his own way. He was in Jerusalem, and he was the king, but he was a failure. He did evil because he did not set his heart to seek the Lord.
The word “did” means that he made an effort, he worked at, and created ways to do evil things. And “evil” speaks of the negative behavior, the lawlessness, the wickedness, that results from thinking and speaking and doing things that are contrary to God’s character.
The result of Rehoboam’s refusal to set his heart to seek the Lord was not just an absence of God’s good blessings in his life, but the downward spiral of a life dedicated to inventing more and more wicked things to do. Which brings us to the application of today’s lesson. To seek or not to seek, that is the question… Will your life be characterized by the fruit of seeking hard after God with single-minded devotion, or the fruit of refusing to seek Him?
For further consideration:
- Are there areas of your life that show evidence of refusing to seek God?
- In what area of your life is God calling you to seek after Him with more diligence?
- How will your life be different if you choose to pursue Him more?
Pick one or more of those questions and answer it in the comment section.