August 04, 2018
When you said, ""Seek My face,"" my heart said to You, ""Your face, O Lord, I shall seek."" Do not hide your face from me ..."" (Psalm 27:8-9)
If we are to know God deeply, we must humbly realize that He is the initiator of intimacy. It is not man that first pursues, but God.
Scan your Bible. You will notice the relentless pursuit of man by none other than God Himself. He is calling, inviting, speaking to man. Even the heavens are daily declaring invitations to us, beckoning us to enjoy His glory.
THE ULTIMATE INITIATION
The greatest proof of this, of course, is that He intentionally sent His Son. In Him, God's Word became flesh and ""dwelt among us that we could behold His glory"" (John 1:24). He was sent for one reason: that we might be rejoined to God in personal relationship and be eternally satisfied and useful to Him.
In David, we find a man who is willing to cooperate with God in His pursuit. When he hears God's call to seek Him, he says, ""Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.""
This immediate cooperation happened because David understood the value of intimacy with God. He had experienced it and the taste was underneath his tongue … a taste that compared to nothing else. Earlier in this Psalm he shares the one thing that he now desires supremely:
One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple. (Psalm 27:4).
THE GREATEST TRAGEDY
... of course, is when God is pursuing, but we are not cooperating. Preoccupied with the small, unsatisfying, passing morsels of the world around us, we miss the feast because of our shortsightedness and misplaced values.
PAUSE AND REALIZE
... that God is inviting you to seek His face! What a miracle! What a privilege! What a gateway to all that matters and lasts.
And then, do whatever is necessary to take the time to pursue Him. Adamantly and continually resist all that dulls your spiritual sensitivity. Resists the devil's deceptions to substitute gods. Increase your time in this pursuit. Read His Word; fast and pray and spend time with His people. Wait on the Lord until your spiritual eyes clear and you see Him before you, reaching His arms to embrace you.
The reward will be a connection with the Divine that will satisfy your heart's longing as no other. In fact, you will discover that this is what your soul has always longed for. This is why you were made. And as you seek Him, you will discover an inexhaustible treasure. He will become—as He should—your greatest delight.
October 13, 2021
October 12, 2021
It could not be worse. God is gracious in His offering of forgiveness through Jesus Christ to all who believe. Those who come to know God and obey Him will experience the best in this life and the life to come.
But what of all those who ignore God? Who will not trust Him? Who never follow and obey the one true God? The Bible leaves no ambiguity about this, and its clarity should sober us.
October 07, 2021
My son, who is planting a church in a Northern Colorado city, intentionally took me for a walk through a sculpture garden recently that is located in a prominent spot in his large city. It was beautiful, convenient, and filled with people.
To my amazement, at every 30 yards or so, there was a stone statue. The whole garden was a prayer garden, and each statue was named. The farther we walked, the more I realized it was a garden designed to help you pray to ancestral spirits. This religion is called animism and is no different from the false religions we read of in the Scripture. Paul encountered this in Athens.