Are we really…
July 31st, 2019
Note, this devotional is a repost from October 7th, 2018. This devotional has been updated and rewritten with additional content.
It’s Sunday morning. We rise and seek. The question, just what it is that we are seeking today. It doesn’t have to be a Sunday, it could be any day, but it is the Lord’s day.
God, you are my God; I eagerly seek you. I thirst for you; my body faints for you in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.
Psalms 63:1 (CSB)
We think of seeking more on Sundays than we do on other days, at least a few hours while we are in our church. We shouldn’t have any particular day where we seek God more than other days of the week but for many, Sunday mornings set the tone, early in the morning, and at times, for the whole day. We rise and we are eager to seek God’s face.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalms 118:24 (CSB)
After all each day we are given is a day that the Lord has presented to us. The life he breathed into us, is only is lent to us for a brief time. We can’t extend our lives one minute more than the time God allots for us.
For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
Ecclesiastes 12:7 (NLT)
It is God who gives us life. It is God who provides this day. It is God who provides every day. It is altogether appropriate that we seek him on this day, and every day!
From one man he has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live. He did this so that they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
Acts 17:26-27 (CSB)
This passage in Acts can be boiled down to the three key phrases. If we focus on these and take them to heart these two verses can revolutionize our relationship with God.
From one man he has made every nationality. – We have a common lineage. We as believers in Jesus Christ are adopted into the family of God, but our lineage doesn’t stop at Adam. We trace our roots back to God Almighty. He is indeed our Heavenly Father, but He is also the one who crafted us, and everything we can see, smell, touch and feel. We attribute to him the very ability for us to think and reason. Virtually everything we are and can be, is related to the gifts that he has bestowed upon us.
He did this so that they might seek God. – God did something amazing. He could have created us without thought, without will, and without a choice to love him; we would simply fawn over him from our first breath and respond to every command with exacting precision and compliance. He created us in such a way that He made a way for us to seek Him and He wants that to be the result of our choice, not His dictate. This seeking pleases God, and everything He has done has been positioned in a manner to allow us that liberty to seek Him of our own accord.
He is not far from each one of us. – He is no further than a heart whisper from each and every person. Regardless of race, despite age, no matter what sex we are. All can come to Him through the means He has presented to us, in the form of Grace provided by His Son; Jesus Christ.
From Adam, all humanity descended. God gave Adam free will. He desired that humanity would seek Him of its own accord. He is never far from any of us, because he is omnipresent and always close at hand. Any separation we sense, is false. He’s right here, we only have to reach for Him.
“Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Matthew 7:7-8 (CSB)
We started today to talk about Sunday morning. Seeking God is not something we should relegate to a certain time, or a certain day; like Sunday mornings. The point we are drawing out in this devotional is Sunday worship gatherings are a blessing. A blessing which we should take every advantage of; but our searching for God, His heart, and His guidance, must be an everyday thing. We need to be seeking Him, every day, all day, all of our days.
Because our days are numbered. We have a finite number of days in which we might seek and find as stated in Matthew.
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call to him while he is near.
Isaiah 55:6 (CSB)
Acts 17:27 says that He is near us right now, we only need to reach out to find Him. But if we tarry to the point where he calls the spirit given to us to return to him (Ecclesiastes 12:7), we’ve waited too long and the opportunity to seek will have passed.
Seek. Seek God while He is near. It doesn’t require a morning, a Sunday, a building, or a great spiritual leader to find Him. We only need to find ourselves ‘Seeking’ God and His Grace through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ.
Doing so, we will have every reason to praise and glorify the Son, and awake every morning once again ‘Seeking!’