Here are three ancient commands to seek God. Let's see what we can learn from them:
“Seek me and live!”1
Many people around the world today are seeking spiritual fulfilment. They are trying out various religions, beliefs and spiritual practices to see which feels the most comfortable or makes the most sense to them.
But notice the difference between someone trying out a religion and these words from the ancient Hebrew scriptures spoken by God through Amos: "Seek me and live!" God is not inviting us to follow certain spiritual practices or to immediately agree with a set of beliefs. He is inviting us to know Him: “Seek Me!”
He then goes on to say that when we’ve found Him, we will “live”. In other words, through knowing Him, we gain a new quality of life, the life that we were meant to have when this world was created. Jesus said to His followers: “I came to give life—life in all its fullness.”2. And not only a new quality of life during our time in this world, but a life that continues beyond death into eternity.
"Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near."3
These words, spoken by God through the prophet Isaiah, bring a note of urgency - a warning that a day will come when it will be too late to seek Him and find Him, too late to obtain mercy and forgiveness, and too late to enter into the eternal life that He freely offers us all. Therefore, we need to seek God today. As the ancient scriptures say: “See, now is the right time. Now is the day to be saved.”4
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”5
Finding God is like finding buried treasure; spiritual riches that will last for all eternity. Knowing you are loved, accepted and forgiven is worth many times more than winning the lottery or gaining a huge inheritance. As the saying goes: “Wise men still seek Jesus.” A half-hearted seeking after God won’t get you very far. God is looking for those who are passionate about knowing Him and following Him.
We can seek God in prayer. Using our own words we can express what we’re feeling, ask His forgiveness and thank Him for His love. Read more ...
We can also seek God through reading the scriptures, particularly the New Testament, which is the last third of the Bible. It is there that we learn of all that Jesus did 2,000 years ago to put us right with Himself. Read more ...
And let's not forget God's promise, that when we seek Him with all our heart we will find Him.
WHERE TO FIND THESE QUOTATIONS IN THE BIBLE:
1. Amos 5:4; 2. John 10:10 NCV; 3. Isaiah 55:6; 4. 2 Corinthians 6:2 WE; 5. Jeremiah 29:13.