Are you seeking God? What does it even mean to seek? God promises that if we seek we will find. He told us that He would reward those who diligently seek Him. But what does this actually mean? Webster defines the word “seek,” “to search for someone or something.” Are we searching for God? How would we ever do that? How does one “find” God?
“Whoever abides in me and I in Him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” — John 15:5b
Jesus said we are to “abide” in Him; we are to rest in a relationship and enjoy the fruit (changed life and its practical result) HE would produce in us as we did. We are told to keep on “seeking,” “abiding” but few really know what either word means; at least most Christians don’t. That may seem a harsh assertion but I have been around the church for quite some time and there seems to be little of seeking or abiding actually going on in 21st century America. Not to pick on our time period too terribly much for it seems most generations suffer from the lack of either of these vital pieces necessary for a vibrant walk with God.
The real crux of the passion from which I write is for people, myself included, to experience God. I want to experience God in greater and greater degree. I want to feel His presence, know His power and hear His voice. I want to feel His strength, care and compassion. Honestly I don’t just want to feel these but to experience them as a moment by moment part of my life. I want God to live in and through me! But in order for this to be so I must do the hard work required; I must seek!
I have this dream which occasionally comes to the forefront of my mind and when it does I am inspired to change my life for a few days; I dream of running a marathon at 175 pounds of optimum health. As stated, this dream can motivate me for a short time but once the soreness of intensified exercise makes its appearance my inspiration is diminished I subsequently grow content with a 2 mile walk at the gym three or four days a week. The dream still sounds good once my inspiration has passed. I’m sure I would love to actually live the dream someday. However, living the dream also means living the hard work which precedes it. The hard work seems more nightmare than dream.
Spiritually speaking we have a hard road to traverse if we are ever going to arrive at the place of intimate, life changing, world changing relationship with God that so many of us dream to have. Time with God shouldn’t be difficult for the believer in Christ but training the mind and body to do so is another story altogether. We simply don’t want to sit still. Like the three year learning to sit in a chair without “wiggling” we grow restless at the idea of being still before our God in prayer and meditation.
“Be still and know that I am God” — Psalm 46:10a
There is no substitute for being still before God. Jesus said the “abiding” was necessary. He did it Himself! The seeking of God is a prerequisite for the reward of relationship with Him. Nobody experiences God until they abide with Him. Nobody finds God until they seek Him.
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good pleasure” — Philippians 2:13
Fortunately, God has promised that He is the one who works in us to “will” and to “act” according to “His good pleasure.” God wants us to have intimacy with Him and is willing to mold our will and shape our actions in such a way that we might have just that. The question is whether or not we will have the faith and exercise the initial discipline to get the process rolling. He never forces Himself upon us. Will you and I be still before God and pray for Him to make us a “diligent seeker” of Him?
If we have faith to begin the journey, have patience and maintain right expectations for the journey (few develop a marathoner pace as they are learning to run), then we will succeed in our pursuit of a higher place with God. God desires it, we want it and if we ask Him for it, we can have confidence that we will receive it. The only question now is the timing of the blessing which has been promised to come!
Our grandparents once sang a beautiful old hymn:
I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s table land,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where those abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.
I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.
I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till Heav’n I’ve found,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”
Such old hymns capture the heart of what many of us feel but so often fail to find words to express. We want more of Jesus and a greater intimacy with Him Such is available to any and all believers if he or she is willing to pay the price for the upward call of Christ.
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