Monday, November 25, 2019

Seek and You Shall Find

           Today's blog is about why we should seek to know God.  "Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction" Proverbs 1:7  "For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding."  Proverbs 2:6  How often are we wise in our own eyes, only to be shown to be dead wrong?  Deuteronomy 32:4 says God is "He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just.  A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he."  Seeking God should be a daily priority in each of our lives.  Matthew  6:33  "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

           It is not our wrong conduct that condemns us, but rather the fact that our nature is corrupt. Whether good or bad, our deeds don’t determine where we will spend eternity. Apart from the Lord, no one is righteous—not a single person has done enough good to earn a place in heaven. But the Father loves us and wants us to live with Him eternally. So, before the creation of the world, He planned a solution....the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and his resurrection.

          "Perhaps you have been viewing God’s instruction book—the Bible—in a hesitant way. There are those 66 books to read and apply. Then there’s the obstacle of insufficient time or interruptions that distract you. Or, it may seem as if additional training is needed to understand divine truth. Any one of these could cause us to veer away from Scripture. Even mature Christians can find themselves inattentive to the Bible. But when we wander from God’s Word, we soon wander from God and His ways."  []

        ""Many spend years searching out the knowledge of an earthly trifle. What pains, then, should we take in finding out the knowledge of God in Christ! There must be digging and searching for it, as one would search for a vein of silver: 'If you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God' (Proverbs 2:4-5)." [Thomas Watson]

        "The Enemy works to create doubt in our minds. He wants us to question the truth of the Word, and even to feel unsure about our salvation. Once disbelief sets in, as it did for Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:1-6), our minds will start to rethink the interpretation of Scripture in order to justify our conduct.   Regardless of what today may bring or the trouble you are now going through, don’t forget that your God is stronger than anything in your life. So, be confident! The shadow of His all-prevailing presence guarantees that His power can turn even the worst situation into something good."   []

        If you don't know Jesus, I personally encourage you to seek Him and you will find Him.  "Jesus....The One who will never reject us. The One who knows what it feels like to be rejected — though He should have been the most accepted. The One who will sit with us and remind us rejection from man doesn’t equal rejection from God. The One who whispers to each of us, “The voices of shame and rejection can come at you, but they don’t have to reside in you.”

        As for myself, I was raised in the church with Sunday school, GA's, and choir.  As a young adult on my own, I didn't make God's word a top priority.  Life got in the way, but God opened doors of opportunities within my busy life.  For example, when I went to the University of Texas in Arlington, I parked my scooter in the Church of Christ student center.  I was invited to their bible study there and I accepted the invite.  Another example, most of my co-workers at my job were believers and encouraged me in my path.  Seeking God is a choice and God will provide opportunities to you to learn.

Psalm 53:2  "God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God."