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;”
“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”
“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found,
call ye upon him while he is near:”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 it. 1 Peter 3:11
Who will seek?
“ye that follow after righteousness.” Isaiah 51:1
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.”
“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.”
“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
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.
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