Seek Ye the Lord: A Brief Bible Study

God Seeks After His Own

A beautiful truth of the Word of God is that God actually seeks us, tiny, insignificant man, out of His great love for us.

“As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.” (Ezekiel 34:12)

He seeks for true worshippers:

“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” (John 4:23)

Even those that are wandering…

“How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.” (Matthew 18:12, 13)

It seems we only come to seek God because He seeks us.

“I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.” (Isaiah 65:1)

God Wants People to Seek Him

God pleads with man to seek Him while he still has a chance.

“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6)

There is a wonderful promise to those who seek God; their labor is not in vain.

“But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou see him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” (Deuteronomy 4:29)

What a precious promise that strengthens us to seek God, even when it seems so difficult!

And again,

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matthew 7:7, 8)

God wants all men of all nations to seek him and given him appointed times to do so:

“And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:” (Acts 17:26, 27)

The amazing thing, is that God may seem so far off and so impossible to ever find, to both the lost man and the Christian at certain times in life, yet we are told that He isn’t far from even the most depraved sinner. The Lord is at hand.

Sinful, Lost Man Will Not Seek God

“The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.” (Psalm 10:4)

All people are seeking something. But one thing that clearly marks those that are damned is their indifference to God. Their minds are full of a myriad of thoughts, plans, desires, pleasures or what have you, but meditating on the things of the Lord is far from him. We think about what matters to us, don’t we? By not thinking at all about God, it means He doesn’t matter to you. That’s a sobering thought. And the Bible says the wicked does not think about God because of pride. He sees no need or use for God, so his thoughts will touch on a million other things.

When one is sensible of their need for something, it drives them to seek for it. You don’t need to tell a hungry man to look for food, or a thirsty man to look for water. It happens naturally as a result of them being sensible of their need. Pride keeps a man from seeing his need for God. Pride blinds the eyes to a man’s true condition – that he is dependent on God for his basic needs in life, from his daily food to every breath in his body. And to the elect of God, salvation from the eternal wrath to come. The more godly you are, the more thoughts of God will fill your mind and crowd out other thoughts.

The wicked may not seek God, but he will seek other things… bad things…

“The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.” (Psalm 37:32)

And again,

“An evil man seeketh only rebellion…” (Proverbs 17:11)

Again,

“An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign…” (Matthew 12:39)

The wicked seek after many things besides God:

“Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.” (Ecclesiastes 7:29)

It is not our natural, fallen inclination to seek God. Unregenerate man, before grace illuminates his heart, will never seek God.

“There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Romans 3:11, 12)

And again,

“And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this.” (Hosea 7:10)

It is interesting to read how pride stops men from searching for God. Those who don’t actively seek God think they can do it all on their own, they don’t need God’s help. It takes humility to seek God. You have to acknowledge a need.

The Reward of Seeking God

I believe the greatest reward of seeing God is finding Him Himself:

“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

And blessing is there for those who do:

“The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.” (Lamentations 3:25)

Not only that, but there is the reward of joy.

“The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.” (Psalm 69:32)

And prospering in the way…

“And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.” (2 Chronicles 31:20, 21)

Seeking God should not be our side hobby. It shouldn’t be something we do just when it is convenient. It should be our number one priority in life.

Peace and rest are given to them that seek Him:

“And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul; That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, weather man or woman. And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets. And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.” (2 Chronicles 15:15)

Why else should we seek the Lord? There are so many reasons. These are just some.

  • For salvation from sin and hell.
  • For Himself, for He is our God, to walk nearer to Him and to be like Him.
  • For wisdom and guidance.
  • For strength and assurance.
  • For comfort, peace and encouragement.
  • For sanctification in the way of holiness.
  • For forgiveness and mercy from our failings.
  • For protection.
  • For our needs to be met of His hand.
  • For grace to do His will.
  • For life to the soul.
  • For healing.
  • For truth.
  • For everything!

The Cost of Not Seeking Him

1. Sin

Sin is the first consequence of not seeking God:

Of king Rehoboam,

“And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.” (2 Chronicles 12:14)

The first consequence of not seeking the Lord is sin moving in to the heart that is neglecting to seek God. It will go after sin. It will devise it for the pleasure it derives from sin in its carnality, and for the darkness that comes upon it for rejecting the light.

But if man rejects God and refuses to seek Him, the time will come when he himself will face

2. Rejection

But there will come a time that it is too late to seek God, after he has cried so many times and given him so many countless chances to come to Him and man just wouldn’t listen.

“Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.” (Proverbs 1:24-31)

Another fearful warning:

“Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.” (John 7:34)

O, what a terrible thing it is, to want to seek the Lord when it is too late and the hour of grace is past, the door of God’s mercy being shut forever. What if you don’t when you have the opportunity, if you put it off and put it off and delay and brush it aside until it’s too late?

“Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I now you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.” (Luke 13:24-28)

And the warning of Esau:

“For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.” (Hebrews 12:17)

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