Seek, Search and be Satisfied
Deuteronomy 4:29 But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find Him, if you search after Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
1 Chronicles 16:10 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Psalm 9:10 And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 70:4 May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”
Psalm 107:9, 13-14 For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things. . . Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart.
Proverbs 3:6-7 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
Proverbs 8:17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.
Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart
Luke 11:9-10 And I tell you, 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.
Acts 17:27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find Him. Yet He is not actually far from each one of us.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him
God places an ingrained desire to get to know Him deeper and better within us. Many who are restless and always looking for the next thing to make them happy — whether it is social media, always getting together with friends for fun, overworking, flitting from hobby to hobby, or having a job where you travel frequently, or being addicted to workouts, running or whatever — are often looking for “the thing” they are subconsciously searching for. Many search for “a thing” yet are unable to name what it is exactly. They do not know why there is restlessness — it is just a deep inner striving for . . .something. Folks sometimes do not figure it out, and spend a lot of their time searching, and trying to be busy, but have an unsettled feeling which pushes them. But many are unable to find God. They feel it is uncool to find God, look for God, and therefore seek gratification in social media, buying things they think they want, not spending time alone, always needing someone to fill space and time with, playing games, reading books on any number of subjects—anything to not reach for the innate desire God has placed within each of us.
He promises He will answer anyone who is diligently asking, seeking, and knocking. God will continue to pursue, but sometimes folks never find what they are looking for or push away the notion they might need to find Jesus, the Savior. They rebuke the answer – Jesus – and spend their time searching to find something that will satisfy the drive they have to look for peace.
God gives us all free choice. He chooses us, as He wants all to be saved, He wants all to seek Him. But in order to win His rest, His guidance, His answers, and reassurance, one must choose Him back. And there are many people I know who think it is foolish to trust in God rather than themselves and their decisions in their life and they do not want to give up their way of life. For many, they believe they are alone in making all the decisions in their life. It has been their decisions which have led them to success, to develop, and they gauge their abilities to their own hard work. Everything is singly their decisions. Again, it is an active choice they make to disregard God.
Now, circumstances may change, and they then are brought to their knees and may reach out. But not necessarily. Some hold tight to their ability, believing they alone are responsible of their lives. God created each of us, He instilled a desire to come to know Him, but He gave us all free choice. We are free to choose Him, to choose not to seek Him, never mind follow Him.
Many fear they may have too much to give up. They may have to give up different addictions, to miss out on sport events for their children since they have to go to church, to make God a priority. What if they must give money all the time? They are already on a budget and food, clothing and the newest watch or phone is out there, so how can I take money from the home to give to the church? They fret about all the things they HAVE TO give up. God and the Holy Spirit only ask for you to give up things that are damaging to you—smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, watching pornography, or maybe gambling. So often they worry about what they may lose, and perhaps they do not believe there is an eternal life, beyond the physical death we all face.
But there is an eternal afterlife. God wants to give us every opportunity to choose Him, to turn our lives and trust to Him. for those who choose Him and begin tithing or “taking money from their budget” yet God always provides when one gives to Him and His work.
It is a path, a journey to follow You. It is not one stop shopping and done. You want a RELATIONSHIP with us. We should all seek a closer relationship with You. And I am so thankful that I have sought after You. I thank You for always being there for me and ‘mybellaviews.’
God doesn’t need great men; great men need God Marquee Messages Shirley Jones Garmon, 2000, Pathway Press
Serving God is like learning to play golf – keep your knees bent and your arms extended Marquee Messages, Shirley Jones Garmon, 2000, Pathway Press
You make the choice; God make’s the change The Great American Book of Church Signs, Sock and Roll Corporation Publishing 2008, Donald Seitz