My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Psalm 27:8
People everywhere are always looking, seeking for something. Sometimes it is something that they had lost, but more often it is something that they do not have and want.
Every day billions of searches are made on Google of people seeking something. People are seeking ways to make more money, ways to be happier, ways to make life easier, ways to make one’s self look better, and many other searches.
It is commonly thought that ‘if I just have…’ or ‘if I just do…’ then one will be happy and life will be so much better. However, all those things that a person can have or do is temporary. There is only One that is eternal and never ending.
David’s own heart told him what he needed to search for. What he needed to search for was God’s face. David, then, chose to seek out God’s face.
Seeking God’s face is finding out who God is. It is finding out what God wants. It is wanting to see His face smiling because one is doing what he is supposed to be doing. It is pleasing God.
Many do not want to seek God’s face, because they fear rejection, condemnation, or a revealing of sin in their lives and hearts. They want to know God, but from a distance because they really do not want to change.
In order to get to know God, one must read His word daily and find out what it says about Him. The Bible reveals God’s character and love.
One must also take time to talk with God on a regular, daily basis. Open his ears to hear what God has to say. And then obey what one has read or heard.
You may be searching for something right now. It may be an object you need, but you may be also searching for something in this life for joy, happiness or peace. While the object will meet a temporary need, the real need is in the eternal.
True joy, happiness and peace comes only from God and knowing God. It is getting close enough to Him that you can see His face and hear His voice all the time.
Focus your time and efforts on seeking God and His face, and then take time to obey what He is showing you. In that you will find contentment and all of your real needs met.
Will you seek His face today?
I pray today that you will seek God’s face; that God will reveal Himself to you in new ways; that you will know God’s heart for you and others; and that you will know and obey what God wants of you.
If you return to the LORD, then your fellow Israelites and your children will be shown compassion by their captors and will return to this land, for the LORD your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him. 2 Chronicles 30:9
Walking away from something good is an easy thing to do. There are times when something looks better and so people choose to change directions and follow the new thing.
In the process of choosing the new direction, sometimes people make a mistake. Afterwards they realize that they chose the wrong direction and in the process hurt someone else. With people this can often be detrimental. When a person is hurt badly, they often write off the person and do not want the person back.
Fear keeps many people from returning. They feel if they return they will be rejected or punished harshly and not accepted.
As Hezekiah was leading the nation back to God, he chose to reinstate the Passover celebration. He told all the people to return to God, because He was gracious and compassionate. God would not reject them, but would accept them back, regardless of what they had done.
Many people have followed God at one point in their life. They then made some mistakes and fell into some sin. At that point they walk away from God, feeling as though they can no longer serve Him. They choose to not go back out of pride and fear of God.
They realize what they did was wrong and feel as though God cannot forgive them and will not accept them back. They do not want to be rejected, so they stay away.
However God is a loving and compassionate God. He is waiting for every person to turn to Him, even if it is again for the tenth time or more. He is willing to forgive and move on.
You may have made some mistakes in your life and walked away or drifted away from God. Drop the pride and return to God. He is waiting for your return with wide open arms of love and forgiveness.
There is nothing you can do or have done to stop God from loving you. He will always run to you when you run towards Him. Unlike the world, He will quickly forgive and restore you.
If you have walked away, quickly return today and be accepted.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn your heart to God; that you will know God’s great love for you; that you will experience His grace and compassion; and that you will live your life for God.