1 Chronicles 16:10-13 – Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Seek the Lord and his strength,
seek his presence continually.
Remember the wonderful works he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
O offspring of his servant Israel,
children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
Let’s get personal
40 something intelligent, attractive woman seeks God. Must be trustworthy, have good judgement, strong, kind and understanding. He should be good at what he does.
Like people who use personal ads to find a mate or a date, we are often looking for something to make us feel more complete. We want a relationship with someone we can trust, we want comfort and security. We look in some strange and dangerous places; Alcohol, relationships, food, money and possessions to name a few. We get stuck seeking (or dating) the wrong things. We need something to change. We need to start looking someplace productive for something more fulfilling. We don’t want to be stuck with heavy hearts any more.
Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice
Have you ever been stuck? I think we’ve probably all been stuck at one time or another. We get bogged down with people, with life and with ourselves. We can’t seem to get out of the ruts we’ve created as we try to get ourselves free from the muck of life. How can we find joy again? How can we finally make the changes we’ve known are necessary for a long time, but can’t bring ourselves to take action. We need to seek the Lord.
2 a : to go in search of : look for
to ask for : request
4: to try to acquire or gain : aim at <seek fame>
to make an attempt : try
—used with to
and an infinitive<governments…seek
to keep the bulk of their people contented — D. M. Potter>
When things are going horribly wrong in our lives, it’s almost always because we’re not seeking God. We go on our way trying to do the best we can, but often things get out of control. Often we come to God as a last resort. I’m not saying things always go perfectly for those who seek the Lord (we still live in a sinful world with a lot of other people who are not seeking God), but if we are seeking God, we are able to see His hand in our lives and can find joy in that. We should make God the first place we turn when things are troubling. Go in search of God now. Get out your Bible and see what the Lord has for you today. Begin a Bible study with a friend. Start memorizing Bible verses. Pay attention. See the things around you and allow them to point you back to God. Seeking is a verb. It takes action. You can’t passively seek. You have to be doing something…thinking, reading, praying etc about your God.
Seek the Lord and his strength
We have an often untapped resource at our disposal. We have God on our side, and He has some truly creative ways to provide solutions to our problems. He is our strength and can handle even the toughest most complicated things that are going on in our lives. Often when we read scripture, discuss our problems with like-minded Christians or pray to the Lord, our decisions become clearer. We’re able to tap into the word of the Lord, and His strength.
Seek his presence continually
Continually. That’s a lot of times. We are never supposed to stop seeking the Lord. We do though, don’t we. We think we’ve got things under control. We try to rely on our own wits and not seeking Him out in prayer and Bible study before we do things. I don’t think that every decision (like whether to turn right or left) is a God decision. He has provided us with a brain and gifted us with basic skills. But I think if you’ve thought about, worried about or been frustrated by something or someone, you need to seek God. If you find yourself sharing a problem with someone else (or them sharing with you), you may want to ask yourself if you’ve taken it to the Lord. Have you sought Him out on this issue? You can use that sharing as a trigger to point you back to Christ and that can help you seek Him more, creating a healthy habit that could change your heart and soul.
Remember the wonderful works He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He uttered
So how do we continually seek God? By remembering. By keeping our focus on all that He’s done for us and those we care about. We can see all He has done, and if we give Him the glory for those things and remember them, we will continue to turn to Him and we will continue to build our relationship with Him.