• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Driven to Seek God and Godliness


There is something stamped on our reborn spiritual DNA (so to speak) that prompts us to seek the Lord, to seek righteousness and good things. That something is really Someone, The Holy Spirit, Who is working in us to will and to do what pleases God.

It’s good, right, beneficial and profitable for us to seek the Lord always. Our human nature doesn’t naturally tend toward God, but our reborn Spirit desires nothing else but to please God in all things.

Seeking God is not like pursuing something that opposes us, but seeking Him is getting in the same place where He is already seeking us. When we seek God there is a return of joy to our hearts.

“I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4

To seek God is like taking a journey that is not fraught with perils as in the epic stories of folklore like the knights seeking the Holy Grail, who encounter monsters and dragons, mythical figures who seek to kill them to keep them from finding it. The journey to God is a pathway of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, revelation and blessing. It is a way of grace through faith in His name. Seeking Him is to seek His Word that reveals His ways, His heart, His plan and His Kingdom. God wants us to seek Him by our own will. He does not force us to seek Him, but when we choose to seek Him He helps us to find Him.

To seek the Lord is to follow the pattern of Jesus, Who did not seek His own will but only sought the will of God the Father.

I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” John 5:30

And this is our pathway to finding Him.

“Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14

“But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29

And while we are seeking Him we are enjoying the fruit of His presence helping us all along the way by causing our hearts to rejoice in Him.

“Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.” 1 Chronicles 16:10

To seek the face of the Lord is to desire to be in close communion with Him, not far off or in some distant place where we cannot know His presence with us.

“Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.” 1 Chronicles 16:11

God is ever-present to hear our prayers and to answer our needs. He knows our human condition, how frail and inadequate we are apart from Him. So He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell with us forever, while we are here on the Earth and in the world to come.

When we seek Him in the midst of our times of need, when fear would overtake us, He will deliver us and meet all our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

“I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4

Now Jesus tells us to seek continually, daily, every moment to know the will of the Lord for our lives and to hear from Him. When we do, we will find Him. He will reveal to us His purpose and plan for our lives.

“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Luke 11:9

The first priority of our day should be to seek the will of God for us, to commit our day into His care, to seek Him, to know His heart and to hear His Word in our hearts. Then whenever a need arises during our day we have His presence to turn to and to cast all our cares on Him because He cares for us.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

The inner urging of our hearts to please God is a gift of the Spirit. The desire to know Him, to be made like Him (transformed from within) is the common desire of every reborn heart in Jesus Christ.

Let us then yield to His call, submitting ourselves to His grace and receiving His goodness in our hearts and minds. Therein is His peace and therein we receive joy unspeakable and full of glory because we love Him.

“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory…” 1 Peter 1:8

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