Friday, January 20, 2017

Seeking the Lord

Submitted by Sam Nobles
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6 ESV)

I am personally convinced the reason many people are not filled or satisfied in the Lord is because they have not been emptied. They are still full of themselves and the Bible calls that pride. Pride must go before you find yourself hungering and thirsting for righteousness.

My wife fixes me excellent meals, but if I stop off and score a couple of burgers before I head home, though there’s a wonderful meal spread on the table, I don’t have an appetite for it because I’m full of burgers and fries. Much in the same way some people have lost their appetite for the Word of God. They no longer desire to worship; they no longer crave righteousness because they are full of the fast-food of self-importance. When you empty yourself of self, happy are you because you’re going to hunger once more for righteousness.

The prophet Jeremiah says we should seek the Lord with all of our hearts (Jeremiah 29:13). What does it mean to seek the Lord with all our heart? It’s like when I would lose a contact lens. When that happened, everyone searched with all their hearts to help find the missing lens. That’s the kind of diligence, the kind of single-heartedness the Lord wants from us in seeking Him.

Why does God want us to search for Him with that kind of intensity? It’s not that He’s playing hard to get, but that He wants to strengthen us. You see, the only way we’ll be prepared for the ages to come is if we learn how to pray, worship, and walk by faith this side of eternity. This earth is boot camp. It’s spring training. The Lord is training us because He knows what lies beyond this life and He wants to get us in shape for it's. That’s why He doesn’t respond to those who seek Him half-heartedly or lethargically.

Scripture to Claim:

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8 ESV)

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