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Seeking God

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

In the letter to the Hebrews it says “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must have faith that He is and He is a rewarder of those who seek Him”. It does not say that He is a rewarder of those who interpret scripture wisely or prudently or fundamentally, but of those who seek Him. This then is the problem of the church there is none that seek Him.

We only seek that which we need, not just what we think we need, but that which we in our depths cannot bear to live without. Love of God is not merely a nodding at Him in order that He might be mercifully disposed towards us, but it is a thirsting after Him that we might truly know and behold Him. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness”. We can read scripture diligently, know every book by its verse numbers, be able to cross reference texts, speak Hebrew and Greek, but if we don't have love we are nothing!

Jesus said that the Father was seeking those who would worship Him in spirit and in truth. It is not those who are rich towards texts and bible studies who please Him but those who are rich towards Him. The scriptures that men like to quote and parade their knowledge of, were written by men like ourselves, whose heart was so deeply attuned to God that His words flowed from their lips to be recorded, not that we might venerate the words, but rather that we might seek with our whole hearts the face of the Author of these words. We might love the words of a person, but it ought not compare with our love of the person who speaks them, so it is with God. The words of a wise man might last through history, but God's words stand forever. A man dies and his life is hidden from us, but God speaks and He is near to all who call upon Him. Though we cannot see Him, yet we can know and love Him. Though our eyes might be blind to His presence, yet our hearts can be on fire with the joy of His presence and the wonder of His love.

No one comes to the Father but through Me”, Jesus said on the night that He was betrayed. Only He had the witness of the Father in all of His fullness. “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father”, He said to His disciples. “After a little while the world will behold Me no longer, but you will behold Me, because I live you shall live also.” So the world can behold His words, but they cannot behold Him. The church can believe they have Him because they have His words, but they do not know Him! They have not taken seriously His words to the Pharisees, “You search the scriptures for in them you think you have eternal life, but you will not come to me that you might live.”

The pursuit of God is an all consuming passion. “Many are called, few are chosen. Make sure of His choosing you!”