Seeking The Lord

Every day is a new day filled with opportunities to seek the Lord.

Seeking the Lord is an activity of the heart and soul. We see it spoken of throughout the Bible, especially in the Old Testament.

God invites us to seek Him. He says,

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart
Jeremiah 29:13

This week I did a word study my current edition of The Devotional Bible Study Notebook on what it really means to seek the Lord. Why? Because I discovered in my quiet time as I was reading in the Old Testament that “seeking the Lord” really makes a difference in the outcome of our lives. I was reading about King Uzziah in 2 Chronicles 26:3-5 and learned that “he did right in the sight of the Lord” and “continued to seek God” and “as long as he sought the LORD, God prospered him.” Prosperity doesn’t necessarily always mean money and possessions. It can also be spiritual and can mean the ongoing experience of a vibrant relationship with God where we walk and talk with Him. Prosperity includes “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” and “the riches of His grace which He lavished on us” (Ephesians 1:3-8).

So what does it mean to seek the Lord?

The word seek is baqas in the Hebrew and means to require or desire. Seeking the Lord means we pursue Him. We realize our need for Him, instead of foolishly living life without Him. Loving and serving Him is the first principle of our lives. We seek His presence, we literally require Him everyday, we seek His Word, and talk with Him continually.
Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament

When I think about seeking the Lord, I think about my life revolving around God instead of myself. It is the God’s world not mine. It’s not the world of me, but the world of God and I have the privilege to live with Him, walk with Him, and talk with Him daily until I step into heaven where I am face to face with Him. These are things I know, but sometimes I think, we need to know them again. Why? Because I think we are challenged with the circumstances and adversities that seem to be so very present and sometimes oppressive and even depressing. Sometimes the trials can just get us down. The landscape of our view fills up with situations instead of the Savior. So we need to step back and seek the Lord. Seeking the Lord requires time, intention, and attention. It means we carve out moments, maybe even hours, and possibly even days, to move our focus from the horizontal, and look up vertically to the Lord.

I awakened early last week. It was going to be a big day. Every moment of my early morning was planned. But then I looked outside and saw that the sky was getting ready to light up in amazing color, painted by the hand of God. And I just wanted to experience it with Him so much that I grabbed my Nikon D800E, my tripod, jumped in my car. I went to one of my favorite places to shoot the sunrise in the desert. I started talking with the Lord about it as I was getting in the car. Lord, this is our time. I just want to see You paint the sky. I want to behold Your beauty anew. I set up by the water and just paused in awe and wonder. It was still dark but I could see the colors beginning on the clouds as the sun began to rise. I composed the image in my mind, then began shooting the beautiful clouds. At times I just stood back and worshipped Him, telling the Lord how beautiful it was. Every moment was different with colors moving across the sky and reflecting in the water.

Only God can paint the sky!

What a great beginning to my day. Somehow God seemed to multiply my time because I still fit everything in and was ready for all the responsibilities that faced me that day.

Today, dear friend, I encourage you to seek the Lord. Talk with Him about everything. Focus on Him. Remember He has a plan for your life. He has purpose and will bring meaning to everything, even in the darkest storms of life.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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