Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God. (1 Chronicles 22:19a)
What does it mean to be a seeker after God? Does it have any real meaning for us? After all, if we are Christians, the Holy Spirit dwells in us. The Lord has promised to be with us always, even until the end of the age. So, is it necessary for a Christian to be a seeker after God?
I believe that King David gives us a wonderful understanding of what it means for a man of God, experiencing the presence of God, to still be a seeker after God. In Psalm 27:4 we read this passionate prayer of a man after God’s own heart: “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.” If we try to analyze this verse in spatial, literal terms, we find ourselves confused. If David were in God’s temple, gazing upon His face, why would he still be seeking Him?
It is because seeking God is much more than having one experience and calling it “finding God.” It is much more than believing a certain set of doctrines. It is even much more than having a good prayer life. God is too big to be confined to any one person’s experience or belief system. Seeking God is an attitude, a way of life, a journey that is never complete in this life.
Lord Jesus, I desire to be a fully devoted disciple, living a lifestyle that brings honor to Your name. Keep my eyes upon Your face and turned away from evil things. Help me to steer clear of obstacles and traps the enemy sets to tempt and distract me. You are with me until the end of the age, and I am comforted to keep that thought always in my mind and heart. No matter what I walk through You will never leave me nor forsake me. Lord, teach me to hold loosely to earthly things so that my focus can be upon seeking You with my whole heart all the days of my life’s journey.
–Adapted from the article “A Seeking Heart” by Dave Butts, author of The Devil Goes to Church: Combating the Everyday Attacks of Satan. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Glorify God as the all-sufficient one, who through his limitless power fills everything in every way (Eph. 1:23). Thank God for giving you his Spirit to meet all your needs as you do his will. Confess those times you have sought fulfillment in ways which did not honor God. Commit your needs to him (Phil. 4:19). Ask God for a greater awareness of his power to help you grow spiritually (2 Pet. 1:3-8).
Pray for friends who struggle with material or spiritual poverty. Ask God to help them understand that he can meet both areas of need with his riches in Christ.