"Now therefore in the sight of all Israel the congregation of the LORD, and in the audience of our God, keep and seek for all the commandments of the LORD your God: that ye may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance for your children after you for ever." 1 Chronicles 28:8
I am doing a word study on seeking God and I found this verse interesting.
First, seeking God is not to be private ("I'm not going to tell them I have to pray about this; after all, they won't understand.")
Secondly, when we seek God, are we seeking Him with the means He has provided (His Word)? I have heard of several Christians who claim they are seeking God and "feel closer to Him," but they haven't touched their Bibles in days or weeks. It is through His Word that God has given us everything that pertains to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3-4). To be truly seeking God, we must also be seeking His Word.
This verse applies to a national level, but also a personal level. To receive the end result (forgiveness and healing), we must observe the entire process: be humble, pray, seek, turn. Often, we will do the first three motions, but refuse to change our ways...which then begs the question if we were *truly* humble.
"And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail." Hebrews 1:10-12
This is a neat passage to meditate on...
- How can one have full faith in our unchanging, sustaining God, if one does not embrace Him as Creator?
- What a neat metaphor of the new heaven and new earth!
No matter what temptations (tests) we face today, our Lord is ready, willing, and able to succour (aid, relieve) us! If that doesn't give an extra boost of encouragement for the day!
What verse has encouraged you this week?