“And he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the LORD is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.” – (2 Chron. 15:2)
Thank God for saying He would be found if we seek Him.
Seeking means “to go in search of” “to try to find or discover by searching or questioning.” – http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/seek?s=t
To seek God is to set our hearts and minds on Him always (Col. 3:1-2), to want to know more of Him, learn of His ways, etc.
So seeking is an active and continuous action / activity.
The good news about seeking God:
–You will find Him – His words in Luke 11:10 says, “For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.” 2 Chronicles 15:2, our text above also affirms this.
-The bible says we should “…seek His presence continually.” (2 Chron. 16:11). This is because we constantly being bombarded with desires of the flesh, that’s why we need to seek the face of God always.
How do I seek God? By looking / searching for and making inquiries about Him with all my organs, senses and all my being:
-Eyes (bible reading, seeking to uncover the truth about God)
-Hands (to take your bible and flip through; to research on the internet)
-Mouth (making inquiries through prayer)
-Ears (listening to sermons)
-Heart / mind Jer. 29:13 says, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Ps. 27:8 says, “When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”
-Legs (going to or attending fellowship)
What is the appropriate time to seek Him?
-Now, while He is near. It is a good news to hear that He is near, all we need to do is to seek Him. Isa. 55:6 says, “Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.” The fact is that until you set your mind to what you are looking for (in your house or neighborhood) or there is no need for that thing, you may never know that it is there.
-Hosea 10:12 says we should break up the fallow ground now and start seeking the Lord. There is no room for delay or laziness.
What priority should I give to seeking God?
First priority. It is to be done first and above all other things – Mat. 6:33 says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” This is the secret to having all things. Looking for all things will amount to futility but look for God will result to having all things.
Advantage of Seeking God
-You will live – Amos 5:4 records, “For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel, “Seek Me that you may live.”
-To protect from the Lord’s anger – Zephaniah 2:3 says, “Seek the LORD, All you humble of the earth Who have carried out His ordinances; Seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden In the day of the LORD’S anger.”
-He is the I AM (Exo. 3:13-14); He is the Lord of hosts (Isa. 51:12-15); He is the One who sits above the circles of the earth, able to do all things (Isa. 40:12-31)
-Without God, we can do nothing (John 15:5)
What prevents us from seeking God?
Distractions, weariness, laziness, sense of false satisfaction, etc. May the Lord deliver us from these things in Jesus name.
If you have gotten yourself into forsaking God, you will have your share of punishment and misery, but if you will return to seeking Him, He is merciful enough to reveal Himself to you. 2 Chronicles 15:2 and Deut. 4:25-31 explains this. Duet. 4:29 says, “But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul”