Seeking God against all odds

fisherman-239487_6402Chronicles 26:5: He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God, and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him prosper.

Seeking God must not be seasonal, not based on mood, feeling, and peer pressure or determined by circumstances. There should be various things you do to affirm your seeker-of-God status (praying, reading the bible, fasting, listening to truth messages), as you pursue the goal of being changed from glory to glory as you behold the Son of God.

Our lives would be defined by the pursuit of God. David was a master seeker of God. He said that as the deer pants for the water brooks so he pants after God, meaning that he is thirsty for God (Psalm 42:1-2). One of the most common needs of man is water, we need water more than we need food, and most of the foods we eat have high percentage of water. So David said he needs God like he needs water, more than anything.

Jesus said if anyone thirsts, he should come to him and he will have the Holy Spirit as the water within flowing up to eternal life, an endless source of satisfaction, and joy, because the kingdom which Jesus said is within us, the kingdom of God, is righteous, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39).

The Samaritan woman comes to the well to get natural water but at the end of the day, she got introduced to spiritual water, Jesus said the water he gives will be in her a well of water springing up to eternal life (John 4:1-14).

The reason we seek God is not only to have eternal life, but to also have that life stirred up the more in us. Jesus did not give us eternal life for us to be independent of him; rather that life gives us the possibility for increase experience of his reality in our lives.

Paul prayed for the Ephesians that they would come to experience the fullness of the love of God (Ephesians 3:14-19), so much that they are filled with all the fullness of God. That experience can only be experienced by seekers, as Paul seeks it for the Ephesian Christians.

We get the full reality of God in the place of seeking, in the places of discovery, in the secret place of the most high (Psalm 91). That secret place is the place of protection, it is in the pace of revelation, the place of transformation, the place to experience the heat of the presence of God, it is the crucible where we learn to see eye to eye with God, feel his pulse and get primed to move by his Spirit.

It is the place where we are empowered to take on the spiritual task of moving on to the next level of service to him. It is the place we get refuelled, refurbished, and gain instruction for the next level.

Job said that he loves the word of God more than his necessary food (Job 23:12), which means that he prefers taking in the word than to take in food. He sees the word as more important. Do you know that if you don’t take the word of God as very important it means you don’t take him as very important? Jesus rebuked those who call him lord, Lord but refuse to obey him (Luke 6:46). They want to mouth his name but they refuse to live by his word. They seek him with their mouth but not with their heart.

The king in the focus verse started as a seeker of God but he did not end like that. He ended with leprosy because he did not abide by the word of God concerning the division of the roles of the king and the priest in Israel. After a series of successes, which he attained to by seeking God, he over-stepped his boundary, because his heart was lifted up. His successes puffed him up and he forgot to continue to seek God (2Chronicles 26: 16-23).

When we continue to seek God, it is the way to maintain our humility before him, realising that you don’t know everything. And the bible says that anyone who thinks that he knows something should in addition know that he does not know as he ought to know (1Corinthians 8:1-2); hence the need to continually seek God who knows all things.

If there is any good that you can do to yourself, it is to seek God. And Paul said that we should not be weary in doing “good” because then we shall reap the reward if we faint not (Galatians 6:9). There is so much more to reap from seeking God. When it comes to fasting and prayer, Jesus said that the Lord who sees us practise those things in the secret will reward up openly (Matthew 6:5-18). The Lord has promised to show himself strong to those whose heart are fixed on him (2Chronicles 16:9).

The devil will want to put road block on your path against you seeking God, convincing you that it is better to do something else. There are situations that can squeeze out our time with God, but that is really a test to see the depth of your love for Him, how well you can walk with him, against all odds.

Enoch was first class in this regard because he walked with God, seeking out his presence, for a total of 300 years (Genesis 5:21-14). He walked with God against all odds and especially in direct contrast to the direction of decay his generation was going ending in God causing a judgement of a mighty flood to be released on the earth to destroy all human beings, but sparing Noah and his sons, when the wickedness of man grew too much.

When you stop seeking you have decided to be on your own, and act against Solomon’s advice that we should trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding, adding that we should acknowledge God, seeking him in all our ways for his direction (Proverbs 3:5-6). To not seek God means you believe that you believe you can direct your own path.

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