Seeking God Is Imperative
God desires for us to constantly seek Him. In doing so, we become aware of who He is, His plans for our life, and the very path we are to take. In seeking God, we can receive clarity, peace, and direction amongst several other things. Seeking God is very beneficial in our walk. We have to stay connected to the One who created us. It is only through Him that we find our identity and purpose in life.
In this day and age it is so easy to wake up in the morning, plan our day and move according to the schedule we have made. But what if we need to do something that goes beyond our schedule? What if we are to meet a certain person and pray for their healing, bless them or just talk to them? How do we know if we are to do those things if we aren’t seeking God?
How do we know the very reason we were created? The very life we live was planned out before the very foundation of the world. God knew exactly who we would be, what we would do, the family we would be born into, the purpose we will walk in, etc. Isn’t it amazing that His plan for us is so great? Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” It doesn’t start there. The following verses are also important. If we have any questions, all we have to do is turn to God. Verses 12-13 say, “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Every answer we need can be found in God. He didn’t place us here just to abandon us and have us to figure out our life on our own. He desires for us to walk hand in hand with Him, following His lead down the path that He has established uniquely for each of us. Psalm 119:105 states “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” God’s word illuminates the path on which we are to walk. We know that God is also His Word, so in walking in accordance with His word, we are walking in accordance with the True and Living God Himself.
We should come before God as little children, seeking to know what is on the Father’s heart. He created us to have communion with Him and from the very mouth of Jesus we know that apart from Him we are nothing and can do nothing (John 15:5). It’s just like a toy that can’t operate without batteries. We need God and we need His directions for our life. It is so easy to go our own way and leave God out of the equation but that is not what we are supposed to do. How can we navigate through this life without consulting the very One who created us to live it? How are we going to get to the Promised Land if we have no clue of what road to take? We NEED God! Proverbs 16:9 says “A man’s heart plans his ways, but the LORD directs his steps.” Most of the time we end up choosing a path that is not good for us. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 19:25). So it is very important that we seek God in all things.
David consulted God numerous times. He wanted to make sure that it was God’s will to do certain things. In 1 Chronicles 14:10 it says, “And David inquired of God, saying ‘Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hand?’ The LORD said to him, ‘Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand.’” What if David would have went ahead and pursued the Philistines without consulting God? What if it wasn’t God’s will that David and his army pursue the Philistines at that time? David and his men could have possibly been killed. And without David, we would have no Jesus. Do you see how important it is to seek God? Seeking God and His direction impacts not only our life but the life of those who are connected to us. We should constantly be before God praying and asking, “Lord, what is it that You would have me to do? Which way do I go today? Lead me, guide me. Just show me the way to go.” I know it can be hard but it is a must that we do so. We can’t claim to be a Christian if we don’t seek God.
Jesus also had moments when He went to consult God: Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed (Mark 1:35). And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there (Matthew 14:23). Even Jesus knew the importance of seeking God. We should consider it a privilege to seek God and His direction for our life. We find life and meaning when we seek the Creator in all things. Seek Him first.
“But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you” (Luke 12:31).