Tag: Seek And You Shall Find

And After That What’s Next To Do?

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

…seek, and you will find… —Luke 11:9

Seek if you have not found. “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss…” (James 4:3). If you ask for things from life instead of from God, “you ask amiss”; that is, you ask out of your desire for self-fulfillment. The more you fulfill yourself the less you will seek God. “…seek, and you will find….” Get to work— narrow your focus and interests to this one thing. Have you ever sought God with your whole heart, or have you simply given Him a feeble cry after some emotionally painful experience? “…seek, [focus,] and you will find….

Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters…” (Isaiah 55:1). Are you thirsty, or complacent and indifferent— so satisfied with your own experience that you want nothing more of God? Experience is a doorway, not a final goal. Beware of building your faith on experience, or your life will not ring true and will only sound the note of a critical spirit. Remember that you can never give another person what you have found, but you can cause him to have a desire for it.

…knock, and it will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9). “Draw near to God…” (James 4:8). Knock— the door is closed, and your heartbeat races as you knock. “Cleanse your hands…” (James 4:8). Knock a bit louder— you begin to find that you are dirty. “…purify your hearts…” (James 4:8). It is becoming even more personal— you are desperate and serious now— you will do anything. “Lament…” (James 4:9). Have you ever lamented, expressing your sorrow before God for the condition of your inner life? There is no thread of self-pity left, only the heart-rending difficulty and amazement which comes from seeing what kind of person you really are. “Humble yourselves…” (James 4:10). It is a humbling experience to knock at God’s door— you have to knock with the crucified thief. “…to him who knocks it will be opened” (Luke 11:10).

by Oswald Chambers

Shimon The Young

Jonathan Cahn 90x115by Jonathan Cahn
Luke tells of a man named Simeon, or Shimon in Hebrew. He was a remarkable man. Simeon was old. Most older people are looking for peace and quiet. Generally, we do our seeking when we’re younger, then we just try to hold on to what we have when we’re older. But Shimon was still seeking, still looking for what the prophets spoke of, the consolation of Israel. It is one thing to seek when you’re young, but one who seeks even to the end of his life never grows old; that was Shimon’s secret. Thus God rewarded him and before he left this life, his eyes beheld what others missed: the Messiah as a baby in the Temple. Messiah said, “Seek, and you shall find.” But the original reads a little differently. It says, “Keep seeking, and you shall find.” Keep seeking. Do you want to stay young in the Lord? Be like Shimon. Keep seeking God’s face, keep seeking His presence, keep seeking His love, and keep seeking His wonders and His glory. Keep seeking, and you’ll find. Keep seeking, and you’ll never grow old.

Today’s Mission – Today, keep seeking God’s face, His presence, His love, His wonders, and His glory.

by Jonathan Cahn