Nearness to God

building-195780_640Isaiah 58:2: Yet they seek me daily and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the judgment of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments; they delight to draw near to God.

Seek God daily

Seeking God cannot be a day in a week affair. To seek God daily is beyond what is regarded as a regular time of devotion, though inclusive of it. It has to do with you prioritising him in all things. Seeking him means in every situation, at all times, you are asking: how will God want me to speak in this situation, how would he want me to react, what action should I take that will please him, what does the divine sense (which is more that the natural sense) dictate in this situation?

David prayed: let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you (Psalm 19:14). That is what it means to seek God.

Seeking God should be a daily habit; it is the best habit that you can form. Everyone has habits, it could be mundane ones like eating, taking your bath, brushing your teeth, watching the television , reading, these are things you find pleasure in, your daily routine.

When it comes to devotion, if it is not in our daily habit/routine to read the bible and pray then you need a reality check: Are there things in our lives that are more important than a time with God? Is making money more important than meeting with God?

Job said of God: I have treasured his word more than my necessary food (Job 23:12). Eating is a daily occurrence. The body needs food daily, but Job was saying as far as the word of God is concerned, you do not find him with preoccupation with food that rivals preoccupation with the word of God. He’ll rather go without food than go without the word.

In eating you can eat privately or with other, that translates to the fact that we can study the word alone or with others, sharing the joy of the word with them. Both are equally valid expression of seeking God via his word. But you cannot determine how often you can meet with others to eat the word but you can determine to “eat” it by yourself every day, to maintain an habit of the word.

Jeremiah said to God: thy words where found and I eat them, and they were to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart (Jeremiah 15:16). You have to find the word and eat it by yourself. You cannot be force-fed. The apostles realised that they needed to rearrange their schedule to give priority to the word of God. In their expanding ministry at that time, the time for the word was getting eaten up by the other activities that presented themselves as “pressing,” becoming entanglement to them. But they decided to call themselves back to the right path; the path of taking the word as important as they should.

Delight to know God’s ways

Without passion there is only so far we can go with God. Passion is the fire that drives our relationship with God, Jesus in a letter to one of the church in Asia Minor said they needed to repent and go back to their first love.

The bible says: delight yourself in the lord (Psalm 37:4). A heart that delights in the Lord is the heart where his love finds full expression. It is the one who dwells in the secret place of the most high and abides under the shadow of the almighty (Psalm 91:1-2).

God’s ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9), so we must be willing to learn his ways. Isaiah said that God opened his ears to hear like the learned, so that he may say to people what God himself will say (Isaiah 50:4-5). Learning the way of God starts with repentance. They are ways we have learnt over time, which we should unlearn. The bible says that Enoch walked with God (Genesis 5:22-24). That means he walked in his ways. He allowed God’s preferences to dictate what he will choose. What about you?

Do righteousness

Since he is holy, you cannot come near him except we comply with his holiness. John said that the one who acts righteously is righteous (1John 3:7). There are certain fruits that we are expected to bear in connection with Jesus Christ, these are fruits of righteousness (Philippians 1:11). We are to be lights, shining in our good works, glorifying God (Matthew 5:16).

To associate with God, you must have a desire for righteousness. The bible says that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled (Matthew 5:6). That hunger makes you want to go closer to the righteous one. When you walk with God he takes you on the paths of righteousness.

The bible says that the good shepherd leads us in the path of righteousness for his name sake (Psalm 23:3). His name is Jesus, the one sent to save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). In another place in the bible we read: the Lord knows those who are his, and let those who name the name of the Lord depart from iniquity (2Timothy 2:19). The grace that Jesus released is the grace to overcome sin and live in righteousness. It is not right (whatever it is) if it does not have the mark of righteousness.

When a woman caught in the act of adultery was brought to Jesus, the only word he had for her was: go and sin no more (John 8:11). Jesus did not say the woman’s sin does not matter even though there is forgiveness with him.

Righteousness is more that good behaviour; it is the expression of divine power which defeats the devil, the one called the god of this world (2Corinthians 4:4). Or else righteousness cannot be expressed. In Christ we are more than conquerors, by his death and resurrection he presented us with a new reality of the power of God over sin.

In Christ we can walk free from sin, such level of victory was not available before. In Christ we died to sin to the principle of sin, and we are alive to the principles of righteousness.

 

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