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What Does it Mean to “Seek God?”

You often hear 2 Chronicles 7:14 quoted by people asking God to bring revival:

[box]“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”[/box]

But what does it mean to seek God? 

Before answering this question, we need to understand the “Why?” issue. Not why would anyone seek after God, but specifically, “Why am I feeling compelled to seek after Him?”

Trying to wrap our minds around the answer will lead us to the first step of seeking Him.

Bottom line: If you are feeling compelled to seek God, it is only because He has first sought you out for Himself. 

Let the magnitude of that statement sink in.

Don’t miss it.

You will never seek, hunger for, or run after, the Almighty without Him first wooing and calling you to Himself. 

Scripture tells us that we won’t turn to God on our own; our natural inclination is self-dependence and self-absorption.

But He mercifully steps into our self absorbed-lives to wake us up to His reality.

He places a glorious tent of sparkling lights above our heads to arrest our attention and woo us with the wonder of His artistry.

He sends the cool wind to caress the face and turn it upward in worship.

He invites us to bend the knee in wonder at the sight of a newborn and the miracle of new life.

His fingerprints can be seen all over creation. He leaves invitations to seek Him in the smallest particle and shouts His glory to us from the farthest regions of space.

And when His invitations cause us to shake off our narcissistic reverie long enough to notice Him, He sends His Spirit to open our eyes and gives us grace to enter into relationship with Him.

So make no mistake, when we are being drawn to “seek Him” it is only because He first sought us. We seek Him in response to His invitation.

When I hear a woman say things like: “I don’t want to miss out on all He has for me! I want to know Him more and experience intimacy with Him.” I get excited because I know God is at work! She is being drawn by the Spirit to taste more deeply of Christ. She’s received an invitation to come up close and learn more.

Tomorrow, I’ll share with you some elements involved in seeking Him—but today I hope you’ll share with me from your heart . . .

Are you seeking Him? How are you doing that?

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One Comment

  • Julie Musil

    Kimberly, I wept when I read this: ” If you are feeling compelled to seek God, it is only because He has first sought you out for Himself.”

    The magnitude of that is still sinking in. I can hardly wrap my head around it. It makes me feel special and loved in a way that I’ve never felt. I honestly need to marinate on that for a while and absorb the weight of that statement.

    I’m hungry for Him right now, in a way that I’ve never been before.

    Wow. Thank you.