June 11, 2020 – Seek His Face

Read Matthew 6:19-33

“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 

 

One of the great promises in the Bible is the promise to find if we seek given in Luke 11:9. If we couple that verse with Matthew 6:33, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you,” we find that God promises that if we seek, we will find God’s kingdom and His righteousness.  
 
It also implies that if a person does not seek God’s righteousness, they won’t find it. 
 

There are so many things to seek. We seek some things every day. We seek relaxation, enjoyment and peace. Most often we are seeking small unimportant things like the car keys. Just because we seek the car keys does not mean that we will find them. God’s promise is only good for the things of God. For instance, here are some things God says to seek  (we have already mentioned the kingdom of God and righteousness).

  • Seek peace – 1 Peter 3:11
  • Seek the Lord – Jeremiah 29:13
  • Seek His commandments – Ezra 7:10
  • Seek His strength –  Psalm 105:4
  • Seek those things which are above –  Colossians 3:1

 

Jesus came to seek and save the ones who were lost. That means that we are also to seek those who would be saved. 
 
In the verse for today, we are told to seek His face. The Hebrew word for face is paniym which comes from a word that means to turn and look. The first thing that we usually recognize is a face. The only way we can see the face is if we are looking in that direction.
 

God gave us a reason for His judgment when He said in Jeremiah 32:33, “And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction.” When our back is turned toward Him, we have little chance of seeing His face even if we are seeking it. If we are turned to Him, we will not recognize Him or understand His words. 

 

An Exercise to increase my Faith: Seeking God’s face requires a yearning in our heart to have Him communicate with us.  We desire to come into His presence so He will see us and communicate with us. There are many in our world who have never faced in God’s direction to see Him. He is very close to all of us, but in some cases we have to turn around.

 


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