Seeking God

Perhaps you’ve experienced a time when reading in God’s Word and a particular portion grabs you and impacts you profoundly. This happened to me a week ago. I was reading in 1 Chronicles 22 and verse 19 powerfully impressed me.

Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God. (NIV)

King David spoke these words to his son, Solomon as he charged Solomon to become his successor to the throne and build the temple to the Lord.

This passage struck me so strongly that I committed it to memory and spent several days meditating on it. Allow me to share with you some of the insights I’ve gleaned from this passage. Perhaps you will see others as well as you apply it to your life.

Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God. Now! Do it now! Don’t wait. Don’t put it off. Devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God now. There’s an urgency with the need to do something right now. Seeking the Lord is not something we should delay, put off, or postpone. Seek Him now. Don’t let anything else get in the way.

Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God. Synonyms for devote include: set, consecrate, give, yield, dedicate, and commit. Be preoccupied with seeking the Lord. Above all else, seek the Lord. Set your focus on Him. Make seeking Him your passion. He is the “pearl of great price” worth forfeiting all else in order to obtain.

Devotion to something takes time and effort. My wife and I recently took a couple of swing dance lessons. I’m not sure what I expected, but I realized that the only way to become good at something like swing dance is to be “devoted to it.” That is, to intentionally go after it, practice it and learn from others.

Devotion is deliberate. To be devoted to the Lord is not an automatic consequence of accepting Christ as Savior. Are we daily following and pursuing Him?

Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God. The ESV translates this, your mind and heart. My mind went immediately to what Jesus called the greatest commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37) The idea is to devote our entire being—all of us—to seeking the Lord. Involve your intellect, will, and emotions.

Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God. The word “seek” here does not mean “to look for” as if God were hidden or far off. Instead, it means to depend on, to go to, to worship, or to pursue. This is what Paul meant when he said, “I want to know Christ!” Paul was an old man and had known and served Christ for many years when he wrote that. But even as an old man his heart’s desire and devotion were to seek Christ.

We seek the Lord daily by pursuing Him, spending time with Him, enjoying His presence, worshiping Him, and sitting at His feet. We seek Him through activities like: prayer, solitude, His Word, and spending time with His children.

Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God. Nothing and no one else is worthy of our devotion. The Lord is King of kings and Lord of lords. He is holy and infinitely above all others and all else. The truly incredible fact is that the Creator and Ruler of the universe invites us to seek Him.

In Psalm 14:2 we read, “The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.” How about you? Won’t you join me as we devote our heart and soul to seeking the Lord our God!

Rob Fischer

©2015 Rob Fischer

Great Pleasure!

Jesus is alive! He rose from the dead. But His resurrection required his death. In Isaiah 53, we read the most amazing foretelling of Jesus’ death, written hundreds of years before Jesus died:

But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. (Isaiah 53:10-11 NASB)

“The Lord was pleased to crush Him.” The original language leaves no doubt: the Father was pleased; He took delight in crushing His Son. How can this be? The Father was pleased to allow His Son to suffer because of what His suffering would accomplish.

What did Jesus’ suffering and death accomplish? Speaking of Jesus the Lord says, “The Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. And those He justifies, God calls His offspring.

Not only was the Father pleased to allow His Son to suffer, but speaking of Jesus we read, “as a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied.” Hebrews 12:2 says it like this: Jesus endured the cross “for the joy set before him.” Jesus, the Son of God, was pleased to die for us. He even found joy in it.

If the wonder of the Father’s and the Son’s incredible love for us were not already magnified to its limits, God astounds us again with another truth: “’Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked?’ declares the Sovereign Lord. ‘Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?’” (Ezekiel 18:23 NIV)

How can we understand this? How can we reconcile the fact that God is never pleased in the death of the wicked, yet He was pleased in the death of His Son? Simply, for that is how much God loves us!

“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” (Ephesians 1:5 NLT)

©2014 Rob Fischer