ARE WE SEEKING GOD’S FACE?

Our world today is filled with so many people seeking for something that sometimes they forgot to know what it is. I come up with this title to ask ourselves if we are seeking for God. We all know God is so faithful to us that He loved us so much. He sends His only begotten Son Jesus for us to have the hope of eternal life. So to the question, are we doing our part in seeking for Him?

In seeking God’s face is putting our mind and heart toward Him in our daily lives. David’s song of thanksgiving says in 1 Chronicles 16:11 “Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually” (KJV). David, in his song of thanksgiving advised the Jewish people the return of the Ark of covenant to Jerusalem. This will remind them how God was faithful to them hoping it will remind them also of their faithfulness and that men will always praise God. Matthew Henry’s Commentary says, those that give glory to God’s name are allowed to glory in it. Let the everlasting covenant be the great matter of our joy his people of old, be remembered by us with thankfulness to him. Show forth from day to day his salvation, his promised salvation by Christ. We have reason to celebrate that from day to day; for we daily receive the benefit, and it is a subject that can never be exhausted.”

When we feel so comfortable in life and not hungry of seeking God, we at first unknowingly drift away, and our desire to study, come to worship, teach and being part of the Lord’s work means NOT IMPORTANT anymore! People who rejects and does not care to seek God are even likely to reject one another. Spiritually empty people tend to develop shortsightedness. They could either be spiritually detached, irritable, angry, demanding or morally unprincipled. In the end it seems to be a choice of self-destruction where unknowingly their souls are lost.

However, if we wanted to seek God’s face, look at our Lord Jesus and read through the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John). Apostle Paul said, that Jesus “is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15 ASV). “If you look closely, I think you’ll agree. As you read about Him your heart will leap, for though you may not know it, Jesus is the God you’ve been looking for all your life” (David Roper – “Seeing God” Our Daily Bread). We have to desire like David saying “Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me” (Psalms 51:10) It signifies a renewing of the inward man, or an increase of grace, and causing it to abound in act and exercise; and intends a spirit of uprightness and integrity, in opposition to dissimulation and hypocrisy; a spirit “prepared and ready” to every good work; “one firm” and unmoved from obedience to the Lord, by sin, temptations, and snares; a heart fixed, trusting in the Lord, and comfortably assured  in pardoning grace and mercy. (http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/psalms-51-10.html)

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