What it means to seek God

binoculars-431488_640Job 5:8: “As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause,

A man is defined by his pursuit. Job said in the difficulty of his situation that he will seek God. He was going to continue with God no matter what. His will was set in that direction.

Seeking God has to do with your will. In the universe there are three major wills- the will of God, of man and of the will of the devil.

There are those who execute the will of God, and they include the angels, and there are those who execute the will to the devil and those are the evil spirits in their hierarchy. The will of man is to choose either of the two. There is really no self-initiative (Galatian 5:17).

The Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out devils by the prince of demons, Beelzebub (Matthew 12:24). As far as they were concerned, the devils cannot obey him, (do his will) if he was not in liaison with the prince of demons, which brings affliction to people, because they did not see Jesus as special.

But others who were not so parochial were amazed that God gave such authority to man. God is the authority, the ultimate will. He willed everything into existence, through the instrument of his word.

The bible says that the worlds were framed by the word of God (Hebrews 11:3) and the things which are seen, that exits, emanates from things unseen, the word of God

So to seek God we seek his word, because he has decided that the word is the vehicle to who he is, just as your words are the vehicle to who you are.

So when we see God, it is his word we seek. You cannot create knowledge in your mind and assume that is the truth.

Pilate asked Jesus, what is truth (John 18:38)?

That has been the question man has asked over the years, but in Jesus we should search the truth no more. He is truth (John 14:6).

That he came from the Jewish stock means that the revelation of God to that nation through the prophets starting from Moses, to David in the psalms till we got to Malachi was authentic representation of truth. The books represents, according to the witness of scriptures, the oracle of God. They divinely authenticated. Jesus affirmed that they spoke about him. And he is the truth.

He does not just teach truth, he is truth. There no other way, no other truth, every other is mere assumption, confusion and darkness. There is only one light and he is Jesus. He is the light of the world (John 1:1-5), everything else is darkness.

Knowing him is knowing the light, it is the light coming into you; that makes you enlightened. But that starts with humility. That is the password. God promised to allow himself to be accessed by the humble (Isaiah 57:15). Humility is the contrary spirit to what Adam and Eve exhibited in the paradise they lost (Genesis 3). And it is through humility that humanity can go back to the light of the presence of God that they experienced there.

Even Jesus had to humble himself to release his light fully to the world, humbling himself to the point of death (Philippians 2:5-11). And you have to humble yourself to access that light. That starts with acknowledging that we are blind (John 9:39-41). Jesus said that he has come that those who do not see will see. If we claim we see, we disqualify ourselves from being blessed by him, we are saying we do not need him.

Seeking God is a matter of choice. Joshua said to the people of Israel: as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15). He made his choice. Daily such choices come before us: to follow God’s direction or be self-willed; to be pressured to conform the world, or make the choice to be transformed by the renewal of our mind?

The command is to be transformed (Romans 12:1-2). Transformation does not happen to you by default, it must be worked out. The bible says that we should work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). Peter said we should add man things to our faith, e.g. virtue (2Peter 1:5).

There must be behavioural expression of your salvation, there must be lifestyle that reflect your confession of faith. James wrote that faith without works is dead (James 2:20). We also read that those who name the name of the lord should depart from iniquity (2Timothy 2:19). Peter said we should be as holy as our heavenly father is holy, in all out conducts (1Peter 1:15).

We cannot seek God on our own terms, according to what is convenient for us, or our preference, or demands, it has to be on his terms, preference, and demand, and that calls for humility on our side. We cannot pick and choose which the content of the bible to embrace or reject.

God has special affinity with the humble. He chased Satan out of heaven because of pride (Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:12-16). Pride makes you see yourself as God’s rival, and you set yourself up to be opposed by him. You cannot seek the one you do not need.

Seeking God is not just about prayer, fasting and reading the bible, it is about doing his will. It is not just about what you do in your room, it extends to what you do on the streets.

Many people pray a lot but they do not live right enough. There is a disconnection between private piety and public life. They go to church regularly but do not represent Jesus constituently. They have the right appearance, but not the bright reflection of Christ in their relationship with others. They fast and pray but do not live by the word, the will of God on a day to day basis.

Jesus did the will of God when he spoke with a woman by a well, a Samaritan woman at that. He exhibited a disregard for social norm. But it does not matter who objects, the most important thing was that the father was pleased (John 4:34). He would later explain to his disciples that his meat is to do the will of the father.

In the place of prayer we have the opportunity to seek that God’s will to be done (Matthew 6:9-13). Prayer goes beyond seeking our will, though it is inclusive of it. It is an opportunity to engage with the will of God.

Jesus said we should pay: let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. While in agony in the garden of gethsemane, he said to God: let this cup pass over me, but not my will but yours be done (Luke 22:42).

And after he left that place of prayer it was clear to him that there was no going back on the task, he had to die on the cross. It was the ultimate sacrifice but the time of prayer strengthened his resolve to do the will of God no matter what. How effective your prayer life is, shows in how much you live for God when you leave the prayer room, how your life reflects the good, acceptable, perfect will of God.

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