Does Anyone Seek God?
Psalm 53:2 “God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.” (NIV)
The other day I bought a new lawn mower, which was a beautiful and powerful sight as I went around the yard. There was only one problem; the blade clutch malfunctioned and was broken because it was unable to get the blade to engage in the business of lawn cutting. Disappointed and frustrated, I took it back and exchanged it for a different mower. When a mower or person doesn’t function as intended, there will always be trouble in our lives. Psalm 53 is very similar to Psalm 14, with slight differences in verses 5 and 6.
Over the years our devotional text has meant much to me because it points to a great spiritual principle: Only by seeking God will we come to understand who he is and how he operates in our lives, which will allow us to function as God intended. What this has meant to me is to deeply understand that finding God is no accident, but rather a deliberate search to find him. Why is this spiritual principle so important? It is important because what truly separates a Christian from the wicked person is a desire to know God and his truth.
Look at how the Psalmist describes the wicked mind:
- The wicked fool says in his heart, “there is no God.” If God doesn’t exist, you certainly are not going to seek him for wisdom, strength, and help. (Psalm 53:1)
- Secondly, the evil or wicked mind will not call on the Lord for help and intervention in his life. (Psalm 53:4)
There it is, as plain as day, the difference between a person of God and a person of the world: a godly person is aware of the presence of God in his or her life and is willing to trust God enough to call on his help in the time of trouble. So many times we govern ourselves to resist the pull of God and we turn away from his loving call, and are unable to treat others with love and respect and do good to all men. (Psalm 53:3) Recall what God tells Daniel through the angel Gabriel when he calls him “highly esteemed”. The first reason that God esteems Daniel is that Daniel set his mind to gain understanding of the things of God (Daniel 10:12).
Seeking God is a deliberate act, and finding him will only come if we seek him. Let’s gather around and hold hands as we move toward our heavenly goal, and encourage one another to seek the heart of God. We will most assuredly find him, and when we do, his strength shall enable us to do all the good in this world, because we choose to seek God and him alone! Spiritual matters are always decided by a choice that we make to gain godly understanding. We will never gain godly understanding if we do not seek God, and we will never seek God if we don’t reverence and desire God in our lives.
TODAY, FATHER, I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE TO GAIN A HEART OF UNDERSTANDING THAT I MIGHT DO GOOD IN THIS WORLD, BRINGING GLORY TO YOUR NAME. AMEN!
Does Anyone Seek God? with Mike White @ Summit church of Christ
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