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2008

Time To Seek The Lord


In the gospels, we're told to seek the Lord.  "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; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." (Matthew 7:7-8)  This could be interpreted in a couple of different ways.  We could say that if we sit down for two minutes, ask God for something, seek Him, and knock on a door, then we'll get whatever we ask for, find Him, and have that door opened.  All of this in two minutes.  Is this possible?  Sure it is.  God has no boundaries in which He must work in, but I'm confident that we don't always exactly understand this passage how it is fully intended.  When we're told that he who seeks will find, it's important to note that he who diligently seeks will find.

We must establish a daily seeking of the Lord.  He must always be at the front of everything we do.  I'm convinced that if there was a clock in Heaven, the big hand would be pointing to "time to seek the Lord," and it would not be moving anywhere.

It's not a business contract that you sign with God.  There's no document that says you'll get whatever you want if you spend X amount of time with Him every day.  Our most important goal should simply be to fall in love with Jesus.  Out of this flows everything else.  How can we do this if we only spend five minutes with Him a day, or if we only spend those five minutes reading about Him, not building a relationship with Him?  If we say that God is the most important thing to us in our lives, is spending five minutes a day with Him enough?  I'm going with no on this one.  For a parent, is five minutes a day (or a couple minutes once a week, or less) enough time to build a strong relationship with their child?  No.  It's a constant, ongoing relationship.

The closest understanding we have to what a relationship with God should look like is our worldly relationships.  Do you genuinely get to know someone by reading a book about them?  Or by spending a mere five minutes with them everyday (if that)?  No, relationships take loads of time and effort to make them strong.  There is an anointing you can only get in the secret place, alone with God.  Pray and listen.  The relationship goes both ways.  Scripture tells us of times when people thought they had a relationship with God, but He said to them that He didn't even know them!  "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" (Matthew 7:21-23)

It is important that we set goals on how we will seek God.  If you need to, break up the time throughout the day.  Pray and read for five minutes in the morning and five minutes at night.  Start somewhere and focus on being consistent.  If you'd like to commit to seeking the Lord for 28 days, I invite you to start today, right now.  Read one chapter of Matthew for the next 28 days and pray for five minutes.  Do something.  Pray that God will strengthen you and give you the desire to spend time with Him.  He can't make you do it.  It takes personal responsibility.  It's worth it, trust Him.