I want to seek God; how do I seek God?
If you desire to seek God, you should be encouraged for three reasons. First if you are seeking God that reveals He is drawing you to Himself. The second and third reasons are that God tells us that those who seek Him are pleasing to Him, and if we do seek Him, He will let us find Him. Let’s explore these three truths further.
First Principle – God Is Drawing You
John 6:44 tells us that anyone who is seeking God is seeking Him because God has put a desire into the heart of the person to want to know Him.
No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. John 6:44 (NASB)
The Greek word that is translated as “draw” is helkuo. The word was used in the New Testament to refer to dragging a person (Acts 16:19) or a net (John 21:11). That is, God draws or drags a person to Himself. This is great news. It means that God wants you and is helping you find Him. The next principle will reveal that God will reward the person who seeks Him.
Second Principle – Seeking God, Pleases God
The second wonderful truth can be found in Hebrews 11:6.
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 (NASB)
Here we are told that the first step to pleasing God is to believe that “He is.” That is, God exists. It is important to notice that anyone who seeks God believes to some degree that God exists. Otherwise the person would not be seeking God. Why seek some one who does not exist?
The next step to pleasing God is to believe God will reward the seeker. It is important to notice that the Greek word for seeking is ekzeteo. The Greek word has the sense of someone seriously and eagerly seeking to find God. God promises that He will reward the person who seeks Him. What is the reward? The reward is that the person will find God.
Third Principle – God Rewards Seekers
Another verse that further explains this principle is Jeremiah 29:12-14.
Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you . . .” Jeremiah 29:12-14 (NASB)
Here God tells us that if we will seek Him with all our heart and search for Him, God will let us find Him. Notice how serious the seeking and searching must be. The person must be very serious and seek and search for Him with all his/her heart. The most significant part of the verse is that God promises serious seekers that they will find Him. Remember Hebrews 11:6 also said that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Anyone who is seeking and searching for God will not be disappointed. A wonderful example is the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26-40. The eunuch was reading Isaiah 53:7-8 and he was seeking to understand who the passage was about. We are told in Acts 8:26 that an angel told Philip to go and meet the eunuch. When Philip found the eunuch (Acts 8:27-29), he explained that the passage was about Jesus Christ, our God (Acts 8:34-35). The eunuch responded by believing in Christ and gaining eternal life. His sins were forgiven and he was headed for heaven.
Anyone who seeks God with all their heart will find Him. That has been promised by God. God has not abandoned him or her. The desire and passion to know God is the best news a person can have because it also means that God is calling into His spiritual family. That is, a person seeks God because the Holy Spirit is drawing them to God (John 6:44).
Then Deuteronomy 4:29 and 2 Chronicles 15:1-3 reveals what a Christian will do who truly seeks a closer relationship with the Lord. Seeking the Lord means we seriously want a relationship with God and therefore we are pursuing a relationship with the true God, learning what He wrote and obeying Him. God is your first priority in every way.
A person who finds God will discover that Jesus Christ is God and that He died for their sins and returned to life (1 Corinthians 15:1-8).
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures . . . 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NASB)
The Resurrection Christ proves He was God (Romans 1:4) and that His death was more than sufficient to forgive all of your sins (Romans 4:25). The Bible reveals many times that Jesus Christ is God. In fact, Christ Himself tells us that He is God (John 8:24, 57-59; 10:31-33). One of Christ’s disciples, Thomas, declared that Jesus was God.
“My Lord and my God!” John 20:28 (NASB)
The study “The Bible Teaches Jesus Is God” will provide many prophecies and Bible passages that reveal Jesus is our God.
Those who find God will want their sins to be forgiven and they will trust Jesus Christ to completely forgive them and give them eternal life. They will also give themselves to God. That is the message of the following passage.
if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” Romans 10:9-11 (NASB)
Notice the closing comment, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” We also recommend “How do we seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness?” for Christians who are serious about seeking God.
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