Psalm 14:2 Who/What Are You Seeking?

The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. Psalm 14:2

From the time of birth people begin to seek for something. It begins with seeking the basics of life, food, love and comfort, and it never ends for the rest of one’s life. All that changes is what one is seeking for beyond the basics of life. Some will find what they are looking for, while others find that their heart’s desire evades them, and they never directly find it.

David says that God looks down upon people to see if there are any who have understanding and seek God.

Self-pleasure is the number one thing that people are seeking for in this life. Everyone wants to be happy and be able to do what they want, when they want and how they want, with no restrictions. Things, money and status are accumulated to great amounts, but will always leave a person seeking for more, not being fully fulfilled or filled.

Ultimately people seek to be their own little gods in this world, completely in control of everything in their lives. They do not seek God, but make other things their gods, including themselves.

Believers are people who have realized that nothing in this world can fully satisfy their soul and give them purpose that is worthwhile. Instead of fighting to find the temporary things of this world, that fade away, are stolen and wear out, they seek for God.

Jesus provides forgiveness of sins and gives a person purpose for life on this planet. He gives purpose that will extend beyond this temporary life into eternity after death. Without God, there is nothing and no purpose.

There are things that you must seek after for just basic life on this earth. While it is important to seek after these things, you must not forget to seek after God. Do not waste your time and efforts seeking after the temporary things of this world with all of your abilities.

It is only God, who is in absolute control, that can give you true life and purpose in this life and in the life to come. Take time daily to seek God through His word, in prayer, in nature and in others. Find out what He has for you and wants for you to do.

Who or what are you seeking for today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek for God in His word; that your focus in life will be to know God more and more; that you will find purpose in obeying God’s commands; and that God will see you seeking Him each day.

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Psalm 10:4 Is God In Your Thoughts?

The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. Psalm 10:4

Every day, every moment people are seeking and thinking about something. Most often it is seeking how they can make their lives better or more pleasurable and what is the next thing that needs to be accomplished in their day to day living. Their focus is in the moment, with no thought about eternity. In the lives of many, self is the greatest god there is, outside of self, there is no other that is important.

The writer of this psalm is talking about the wicked. He states that the wicked in his proudful self does not seek nor think about God at all.

The majority of the people in the world do not know God, nor think about God. Many of these follow false gods of various false religions, and the rest do not have any room for any god at all, they are a god in themselves.

People focus their lives on what is happening in the moment and how they can make their lives better. Day to day living, going to work, taking care of self, and finding pleasure in life are what is important and on the minds of most people. Very few take time to seek God or think about Him at all.

This problem has also crept into the church. Many in the church think about God on Sundays, but during the rest of the week, they do not read His word, pray, seek God, nor think about Him. God is only for in times of trouble or on Sunday for many.

True believers will live their lives seeking God and His will for their lives. They are constantly thinking about what God wants for them to have and do and how they can please God with their lives.

You have many things going on in your life each day. There are things you must do and accomplish, and these can easily consume your thoughts. As you go about doing these things, you must take time to seek God and think about what He wants you to accomplish in your life from day to day.

When you are faced with a choice, you must be willing to seek God first to help you make the right choice. Keep God at the front of your thoughts, so that you will not fall to temptation and sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God at all times and in every situation; that you will keep God at the front of your thoughts; and that you will obey what God tells you to do or not do.

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Job 5:8 Seek God With Problems

But as for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause–Job 5:8

During times of trouble and problems, people seek out advice and recompense for what went wrong. They will seek it from others, friends, family and co-workers. Some will even attempt to get judges to rule that recompense must occur. A few will take the matter into their own hands to force repayment. They will submit their evidence as to what was done wrong to them, expecting that someone will make the necessary changes and reward them for all the damage.

Eliphaz responds to Job and blames Job for his problems. He says that he would seek God and commit his cause to God then he falsely accuses Job of doing wrong.

Every person has times of great trouble and difficult problems. It appears as if the entire world is against the person, including God. Everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.

During these times people seek reasons as to why things are the way that they are. Blame is wanted to be placed on someone or something. Full truth is rarely sought out, just so that blame can be quickly placed, and relief brought.

Although fully knowing why one is going through a difficult time may never be made fully known, every believer should first seek God and commit one’s life to the Lord, including the tragedies in life. Finding out what God has to say about the situation and how to deal with it should be at the top of the priority list.

In that, however, one must trust what God says or does not say. He may reveal the purpose, or He may remain silent. It may be for correction, or it may be for a proving of faith in Him, but it all belongs to God.

During times of great trouble, you may want to find a reason for it, to blame someone or something for those times. First stop and seek God’s direction in the situation. Commit your life to God, troubles and all, knowing that He knows what is best for your life and is in complete control of every situation.

It may be a time of correction from God, but it may also be a time of proving to the world that you are a true believer that you claim to be. Give it all to God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God’s direction in every difficulty in your life; that you will trust God knows what He is allowing in your life; and that you will not blame God for problems but give Him praise for being with you through the problems.

Esther 4:3 Fasting & Weeping Over Bad Rules

And in every province where the king’s command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes. Esther 4:3

In every nation there are times when the leadership of the nation makes some rule that many of the people do not really like. Some people will begin to riot to get them to change the ruling. Others will protest and physically fight back. Many will just sit quietly and accept their fate in defeat and despair despite hating the ruling. A few will try to flee the nation.

At Haman’s request King Ahasuerus made a rule to destroy the Jews. All the Jews who heard about the ruling began to mourn in fasting, weeping and wailing with sackcloth and ashes.

Although there are nations that make rules very distinctly out to destroy Christians, there are many more nations that make rules that go against God’s commands, but not personally out to kill or destroy believers.

Over the years America has made various rules that go against God. Some of these are abortion, same sex marriage, legalizing drugs, gender change and more.

Many believers hate the rulings, but either get very angry and do violence against it or are angry and sit quietly about it, doing nothing. Overall, most do not do what would be the best thing to do and that is to mourn in fasting and prayer over the situation that has been brought upon them. This hands the problem over to God.

God is able to turn over bad rulings in any nation, but He only does that when His people turn from sin, weeping and mourning, to seek Him and His abilities. God is able to direct believers in how to overcome the sinful rulings, hearts can be changed.

Wherever you may live in this world, there are probably some rulings in your nation that go against the commands of God. You may not be in a position to physically do much about those rulings, but you can mourn, fast and pray to God for your nation.

Be His witness and point people to Jesus to bring about a revival in your nation, to turn around the bad rulings. Pray that God can touch the hearts of those in leadership to bring them to make rulings that honor Him and His word.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God when bad rulings are made; that God will work miracles to change the corrupt rulings of nations; that you will weep and fast before God over the lost in your nation; and that you will be witness of God’s love and commands.

Nehemiah 1:4 Weeping, Fasting, Praying

When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Nehemiah 1:4

There is a lot of weeping that goes on when bad things happen around the world. People are at a loss when a great catastrophe occurs that harms or kills loved ones and friends. As people weep and cry out, they are weeping over their loss and pain, then out of the anger and pain they often get angry with God for allowing the bad things to occur instead of turning to Him for help.

Nehemiah was given word that the walls had been broken down in Jerusalem. He then mourned, fasted and prayed before God for many days.

Catastrophes occur in the lives of many people and groups of people on a regular basis around the world. As the world gets angry at God and tries to strike back, believers have a choice to make.

Many believers fall into the same trap as the world at getting angry with why God would allow these things to occur. Some will choose to walk away from God out of the pain and suffering. They are blinded by the ways of the world and selfish desires, not understanding God and His ways.

Sometimes God allows suffering to occur to get people to turn their eyes back onto Him and away from sin.

Strong believers will see the pain and suffering and begin to weep over the sins of themselves and others. Then they will deny their own selfish desires going into a fast and seek God’s mercy, forgiveness, direction and favor. Admission of sin and guilt will be at the top of their prayer list, rather than accusation and anger.

Take a look around you and see what pain and suffering that is occurring on a regular basis. In all of that pain and suffering, how many are actually following God and how many have rejected God?

This can also be an inner reflection on your own personal life. Are you serving God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength? Or have you turned away from Him in sin and selfish pride?

If you see sin, then it is time to weep and begin fasting and praying to God to see a change. This is a change in the lives of others and in your own personal life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see the world as God sees it; that you will weep over your own sins and the sins of others; that you will fast for God’s mercy and forgiveness; and that you will seek God’s direction in living for Him.