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Exactly What Is It That You Are After?
"God made us for Himself; that is the first and last thing that can be said about human existence and whatever more we add is but commentary." - A.W. Tozer
So many are searching for true happiness and fulfillment. Others are trying to gain more and more of the wealth of this world. And yet others are looking for answers to the many predicaments of life.
Some questions we should ask ourselves as Christians are - What are we searching for today? What occupies the greatest amount of our time? What is our main pursuit in life?
The Scriptures delineate the various things that different people seek after. Let's examine a few and then evaluate exactly where we are in our walk with the Lord.
A. The Lord Jesus Christ
Psalm 27:4 says - "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple."
David desired communion with God. He made that the ruling objective, goal, and aspiration in his life. Nothing else mattered. Above all others, God was supreme. Consequently, he sought His fellowship and friendship with utmost earnestness and reverence.
Psalm 27:8 says - "When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek."
God has issued a command here to all of His people - "Seek ye My face..." Our ready response should be - "Thy face, LORD, will I seek." With no delay or excuses, we should comply with His wishes and make whatever sacrifices are needed in order to obey Him.
Song of Solomon 3:2 says - "I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek Him Whom my soul loveth..."
No matter what difficulties lie before us - we must "seek Him Whom" our soul loves. We must do it with urgency - leaving all diversions behind, searching everywhere until we find Him.
2 Chronicles 15:4 says - "But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought Him, He was found of them."
At a time of spiritual decline and hideous idolatry among the people of God - as well as "vexations," troubles, destruction among the nations, and no peace anywhere to be found - Israel turned unto the LORD God and sought Him. She desired His favor once again.
Jeremiah 50:4 says - "In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God."
After spending seventy years in captivity in Babylon, it was time for the children of Israel to return to their homeland once again. They returned with broken and contrite hearts - "going and weeping" - with tears of repentance for all of their sin and a godly sorrow. They also returned with tears of joy for the immeasurable mercies and goodness of the Lord in restoring back to them what they lost through their rebellion. They sought the LORD. They lamented after Him. They returned unto Him.
B. The Knowledge & Wisdom Of God's Word
Proverbs 2:4 says - "If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures."
Here we have the pursuit of Knowledge and Wisdom likened unto a man searching for great riches. The covetous man seeks wealth earnestly. Rising early and sitting up late, he labors constantly, diligently, and resolutely in order to fill his treasuries.
Also, the image is presented of that of a miner digging for silver or gold. He will go to any length to obtain this hidden treasure. He will undergo great hazards and even risk his life.
Proverbs 14:6 says - "A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not..."
A "scorner" is one who rejects the Word of the Lord. He is an infidel. He seeks for instruction and counsel but all from a wrong motive. He seeks amiss. He really does not want to hear the Truth - for when it is given to him, he only ridicules and mocks it as well as the messenger who delivers it.
Proverbs 18:1 says - "Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom."
One interpretation of this verse is that a man in his desire for more knowledge and wisdom will oftentimes go to whatever extremes in order to obtain them. He may even separate himself from all frivolous company, unprofitable pursuits, unnecessary diversions, or the world's vanities in order to find the wisdom that he so desperately needs and desires.
Proverbs 18:15 says - "The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge."
The "ear of the wise" is attentive to the knowledge of God's Word. Fearing any loss of time in its pursuit, it diligently gathers insight and understanding from without. The heart receives it, keeps it, and applies it unto the life.
Malachi 2:7 says - "For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at His mouth..."
It is the duty of every minister to feed God's people the Word of the Lord. The congregation, in return, should listen and give heed to his message - asking questions in order to better understand it. They should have a hunger and a thirst for the Truth and seek it with all of their hearts. They should come to every service with a holy expectancy and eagerness to hear it and then be ready to apply it to their lives wherever needed.
Proverbs 17:11 says - "An evil man seeketh only rebellion..."
An "evil man" is one who rebels against God and any form of godly leadership. He seeks, on every occasion, to pick a quarrel or contradict everything that is spoken by others. He is driven by a spirit of opposition. In spite of any God-given restraints set up along his path, he continues onward with his wicked mannerisms.
Psalm 4:2 says - "O ye sons of men, how long will ye...seek after leasing?"
"Leasing" is another word for falsehood or a lie. So many are on a mad course that, in the end, will prove to be only a delusion - a lie. They are seeking after that which will never be accomplished. Because their hearts are lifted up in pride, they are seeking after illusions of grandeur that will leave them empty and barren in the end.
Jeremiah 45:5 says - "And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not..."
The Prophet Jeremiah gave this word to Baruch in a time of great turmoil, danger, and judgment. It was not a time to be rich, honorable, and make a name for oneself. The nation was about to come under the fiery judgment of the Almighty. Although God did not give Baruch what he asked for, He did give him the assurance that his life would be spared in the midst of the upcoming devastation and destruction. This proved to be far more valuable than the pursuit of "great things."
Daily we are all searching for something or someone to satisfy our needs.
We are inquiring after more knowledge and insight - whether it be godly or worldly.
We are continuously striving after things - spiritual or fleshly - as we go through life.
We are trying to gain or get ahead either in the spirit or in the flesh.
Exactly what is it that you are after?
In the opening statement, A.W. Tozer is quoted as saying - "God made us for Himself..." If we really believe that, then our main pursuit in life should be for more of Him. We should yearn for a greater knowledge of His Word so that we could know Him in a greater capacity.
Is that the case?
Do we seek for communion with Him?
Have we made - a more intimate relationship with Him - our ruling purpose and goal in life?
Are we paying the price to spend quality time with Him - ridding ourselves of all diversions?
We live in a time of spiritual decline - with apathy, lukewarmness, and complacency on every turn. Do we feel the urgency to seek God like never before and to call our families and others to the place of prayer as well?
Have we gotten away from the Lord?
Are we not serving Him like we used to?
Do we feel the call of the Holy Spirit to come out of our captivity and return to Him with weeping and mourning and godly sorrow?
What about His Word? Are we diligently searching for its Wisdom as a miner digs for hidden treasure? Do we consider the Scriptures as valuable as rubies, diamonds, gold, and silver - the precious gems of this world? What price will we be willing to pay to obtain this knowledge?
Are we willing to give up all frivolous company, unprofitable pursuits, and diversions in order to obtain it? Are we willing to give up that in our lives which consumes our time and takes us away from it? Is our ear spiritually sensitive to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying through it and His ministers?
Or have some become like the "scorner" who rejects the Word and ridicules or mocks any godly counsel?
Are some seeking after illusions of grandeur - "great things" for themselves? Fabrications of their own making? Vain pursuits?
Have others become blinded by the "razzle-dazzle" of this world where they fail to see their greatest need is not for another "lie" of their own making?
What we all need is more of God.
As individuals, as a church, and as a nation - we all need more of Him.
That is exactly what we should be seeking after.
After all, we were made for Him and His Glory.
May God Bless His Word.