Diligently Seeking

As I continue this search for the meanings of Jesus’ words, I am impressed with the thoughts of fervently asking, diligently seeking, and urgently knocking. We are sharing what God’s Word reveals of diligently seeking in this post.

When Jesus told His disciples to ask, seek, and knock, He had certain things and conditions in mind. Being brought up with the Law and the Prophets, He reiterated the first thing we should seek. He emphasized seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness which we find repetitive in the Old Testament.

Seek the Lord

“If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;” Job 8:5

“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee:
my soul thirsteth for thee,
my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land,
where no water is;”

Psalm 63:1

Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.” Psalm 105:3

“The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him
(Ezra 8:22).

“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found,
call ye upon him while he is near:

Isaiah 55:6

Seek “the commandments of the Lord our God” (1 Chronicles 28:8; “His precepts” Psalm 119:45); “wisdom” (Proverbs 2:4): “knowledge “(Proverbs 18:15)

“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.”
Psalm 27:4

“Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.” Ezra 8:21

“Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness:” Zephaniah 2:3

“Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore.” Psalm 105:4

Seek His Face

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

“When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee,
Thy face, Lord, will I seek.”
Psalm 27:8

Seek Peace 

“And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.” Jeremiah 29:7

” seek peace, and ensue it1 Peter 3:11

Who will seek?

They that know thy namePsalm 9:10

 “such as love thy salvation” Psalm 40:16

“The Lord is good unto them that wait for him,
to the soul that seeketh him”.
Lamentations 3:25
 

“the Gentiles seek” Isaiah 11:10

ye that follow after righteousness.” Isaiah 51:1

“the children of Israel and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the Lord their God.” Jeremiah 50:4; Hosea 3:5

How will we seek?

with all their heart and with all their soul;” 2 Chronicles 15:12; Deuteronomy 4:29

seek him with the whole heart.”  Psalm 119:2

“With my soul, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early:” Isaiah 26:9

by prayer and supplications, with fasting,” Daniel 9:3

Seek First the Kingdom of God

The only thing Jesus tells us to seek is the first and most important thing, for with the kingdom of God and his righteousness we will have everything we need.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Matthew 6:33

“To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:” Romans 2:7

“Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:12

“If ye then be risen with Christ,
seek those things which are above,

where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”
Colossians 3:1

“But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Hebrews 11:6

“For they seek a country.
Hebrews 11:14; Hebrews 13:14

Our Father in heaven, forgive us for not seeking you as we ought. Thank you for teaching us through your Word how to seek you. We praise you for your Son, our Lord Jesus who teaches us to seek your kingdom and your righteousness above all things ~ and for Paul who teaches us to seek those things above. Fill us with your Spirit and with the power to seek and find you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Fran

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What Do You Seek?

Our granddaughter, Olivia graduated from high school last week. She is the fourth of our six grandchildren to reach this goal. She expressed that she was “overwhelmed.”

I am taken back sixty-two years knowing that at that time, I had no idea of who I was or where I was going. A Sheep’s View reveals the immaturity of my aspirations that changed several times over the decades.

This season of the year unloads into the world millions of young hearts that are unaware of what life is meant to be. The best wishes most will get is “Follow your heart” or “Follow your dreams.”

If most understand this, they will be looking for the next step toward personal success or finding a job that will enable them to be independent.

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At this time, I am in daily meditation on Jesus’ words in John’s gospel.

John, the Baptist, after baptizing and while speaking of the coming Messiah, sees and identifies Jesus.

“Behold! The Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world
!

Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.
And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said,
“Behold the Lamb of God!”
John 1:28; 35-36

Then the two disciples who were with John (one of them was Andrew) followed Jesus. Jesus knew what they were seeking (John 2:24-45). Perhaps they were following out of curiosity or sheer excitement. John’s identification is with exclamation ~ the word behold was imperative ~ for them to see what he saw.

“Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following,
said to them, “What do you seek?”
John 1:37

John’s disciples had been taught by him. Though they were unaware, John, as the voice crying in the wilderness, was preparing the way for them to follow Jesus.  

He must increase, but I must decrease.
John 3:30

They asked, “Where are you staying?” He said, “Come and see.” They followed Jesus. They stayed with Him that day, then Andrew brought his brother, Simon Peter to Jesus (John 1:41). And we know the rest of the story.

Jesus asks us the same question, today. “What do you seek?”   Do we see what John the Baptist saw? Why are we interested in Jesus? Is it because we have heard about Him? Are we just curious?

Has someone else pointed us to Him? What is it about Jesus that keeps us seeking Him? Do we know Him personally? Are we excited enough to ask and know where He is staying and spend time with Him?

What does Jesus teach us about seeking? As our teacher, He brings us as a graduate from student to disciple, to friend. More than this ~ He becomes our brother and our Life.

Now that would be another book: but just for now, what should be the main emphasis for life at all ages?

What should we wish for the new graduate in this generation?

~ the same thing Jesus wished for His disciples.

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or
‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘
What shall we wear?
For after all these things the Gentiles seek.
For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:31-33

See and Seek ~ Seek and See
His kingdom, His righteousness and eternal life in Jesus Christ.

Dear Father in heaven, you created us knowing our hearts and our needs. As you are preparing us for eternity with you, continue to teach us through your Word and the power of your Holy Spirit to see and to seek, knowing that we will find your kingdom and your righteousness in your Son, our Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom be glory, forever. In His holy name, I pray and praise you. Amen.
Fran

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