Last month I wrote about how prayer is two-way communication (we listen as well as speak) and that, in order to build a relationship, we need to have communication at the centre (we can’t know someone if we don’t communicate with them). God wants to be in relationship with us, that’s why He sent Jesus and the Holy Spirit!
However, it isn’t always easy. Relationship building is tough at times. In the Bible (read Luke 11:5-13) Jesus said that we need to ask, seek and knock … that involves action, actively pursuing, persisting, and not giving up. ‘Seeking’ implies a constant, determined, and persistent looking for someone or something, so that we find it or them. God invites us into relationship with Him and yet sometimes He can seem distant, and it may feel like He is hiding from us.
Why do we have to seek for Him?
Why does God sometimes seem to hide and why do we have to seek for Him? I have learnt that it isn’t God being mean or indifferent, but it is somehow a way in which He grows us in our faith; He wants us to really want Him. He wants to encourage us to seek after Him. It is all about Him… not His blessings on us or answered prayers, not our church community, not our successes or achievements…it’s all about Him. He invites us to seek Him and Him first before all else.
Psalm 27:4 reads
The one thing I ask of the LORD –
the thing I seek most –
is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
delighting in the LORD’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple.
The Hebrew word ‘to seek’ used in this verse means ‘to seek and find’. Not pointless seeking or searching. But seeking and finding are linked together. God wants us to seek and find Him. It’s never an empty or pointless or fruitless searching…it’s seeking so that we find Him. Be reassured and encouraged that if you spend time seeking Him, you WILL FIND HIM.
Hebrews 11:6 reads
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Keep on seeking God
God wants us to seek Him so much that He rewards us if we seek Him! I want to encourage you to keep on seeking God.
Keep on praying and asking Him to reveal Himself to you.
Keep on reading your Bible. Keep on worshipping Him in singing as well as by serving.
Keep on asking, seeking and knocking on the door of heaven!
Keep on seeking Him and His presence and keep Him as your first priority.