Isaiah 56:11 Seeking Self Gain

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They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, they seek their own gain. Isaiah 56:11 

Gain of something more is what people usually desire. They desire greater wealth, larger bank accounts, higher position, more things, and the list goes on. Nearly all of these things and much more are desired for self.

People look to their own ways to get as much as possible. There can never be enough of anything as long as there is more out there to be had.

This type of greed is found in little children all the way up to senior adults. It is promoted in tv shows, movies, advertisements and music. The desire for more is everywhere.

Isaiah calls out the watchmen of Israel for being greedy with a great appetite for more. Everything that they did was out of selfish gain.

Sadly this selfish desires is found even inside the church. There are many who seek their own ways to gain what they want for themselves, rather than seeking out the good for others. The seek position, title, power, or recognition in the ministries that they do, rather than just seeking God’s will and desire.

Jesus did not act in this way. He left heaven and His God-head to live as a man on this earth. He not only left all of that behind, He also laid down His life in a painful way to bring salvation to everyone. The focus of Jesus was not selfish but for the good of others.

Every believer is to first focus on what God wants. This puts self on the back burner and puts God first. Then as one is seeking God’s will, he will also put others before Himself. Believers are to be focused on building God’s kingdom, not their own kingdom.

As you go through your day, what is your focus on? God’s top two focuses are on you loving Him and building His kingdom.

These two things are not about self, but about God and others. You are a watchman, just as the Israelites were. You have a job to watch out for the coming of the Lord’s return. As you do this, you need to warn others about His soon coming.

Being a witness for Jesus does not allow you to be selfish or to seek your own gain. It is only about building others up. Instead of seeking your own way, seek God’s today.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have a vision of God’s mission for you to reach the lost; that you will seek to build God’s kingdom; and that you will be a watchman warning of the return of Jesus.

Psalm 27:8 What To Seek

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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. 

Job 12:13 It Belongs To God

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To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. Job 12:13 

Seeking wisdom, power, counsel and understanding are some things that people have sought ever since mankind has been on this earth. Some have written volumes of books on giving wisdom and counsel. People will automatically think of certain people when it comes to wisdom and counsel. Quotes are often heard from a few famous authors as being very wise.

Power is also sought by many. Leaders have risen and fallen who have sought great power. Some seek it in ways to control others, while a few seek to just help others. There have been many who have used the power gained in very bad ways, while others have used it in positive ways.

Job points out that all these things belong to God. Without God, there is no wisdom, power, counsel or understanding.

The best wisdom ever stated can always be traced back to God words. People will often say some great things, but if it is truly great, it can also be found in the bible. If it does not show up in the bible, often there is a fault with it, it will fall short of good wisdom.

Without God, no one has the power to do anything, not even breath. God is the one who created and sustains everything that there is.

God gives counsel as to what is the best thing to do or how to react to a situation. The world gives ideas, but, again, often falls short of good counsel. The counsel of this world is selfish and short-term, whereas God’s is eternal and full of love for all, not just self.

Men try to understand why things happen, but only God fully knows the truth. Things happen that people just cannot fully understand because it is outside of the way they can think. God is above the understanding of man.

There will be times you will be seeking wisdom, power, counsel and understanding. Instead of running to the world and seeking faulty direction, run to God. Seek God first in everything and all these things will be given to you in its proper time.

God is there to direct all of your steps in the perfect way. Since He created you and everything in this universe, He knows what is best for you. Trust Him in everything that you need, it is His anyways.

I pray today that God will give you His wisdom; that God will give you His power, that God will give you His counsel; that God will give you His understanding; and that you will trust God in every area of your life.