Seek the Lord
“He did evil because he did not seek the LORD.”
These words from 2 Chronicles 12:14 Jumped out at me this morning when I read them. Does this sentence mean that not seeking the Lord is evil or that Rehoboam’s actions were evil and if he had been seeking the Lord his actions would have been different?
After thinking about it, I believe both of those statements are true! Not seeking the Lord is evil because man is made for the glory of God and to serve Him. To do otherwise is evil. Also not seeking the Lord (and His righteousness) leads to all sorts of evil because man’s heart is totally corrupt. We sin because we are in rebellion against God, our maker.
So, how do we seek the Lord? According to online pastor Trevor Lund, there are seven ways to seek the Lord.
Call upon God and pray to Him.
Jeremiah 29:12-14a (New International Version)
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.
Serve God with a wholehearted devotion and a willing mind.
1 Chronicles 28:9 (New International Version)
And you my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and a willing mind for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.
Cast your cares upon the Lord
Psalm 55:22 (New International Version)
Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you, He will never let the righteous fall.
Keep your tongue from evil, turn from evil, do good, seek peace and pursue it
Psalm 34:12 – 16 (New International Version)
Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking lies
Turn from evil and do good,
Seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and His ears are attentive to their cry;
The face of the Lord is against those who do evil
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
Forsake evil ways and thoughts
Isaiah 55:6 – 7 (New Living Translation)
Seek the Lord while you can find Him.
Call on Him now while He is near.
Let the wicked change their ways
and banish the very thought of doing wrong.
Let them turn to the Lord that He may have mercy on them.
Yes, turn to our God, for He will forgive generously.
Have clean hands, pure heart, don’t lift your soul to idols, don’t swear by what is false.
Psalm 24: 4- 6 (New International Version)
He who has clean hands and a pure heart
who does not lift up his soul to an idol
or swear by what is false,
He will receive blessing from the Lord
and vindication form God his savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek Him,
who seek your face, oh God of Jacob.
Doing what is right and live humbly
Zephaniah 2:3 (New Living Translation)
Seek the Lord, all who are humble
and follow His commands.
Seek to do what is right
and to live humbly.
Perhaps even yet the Lord will protect you –
protect you from His anger on that day of destruction.
While Reverend Trevor has sound biblical advice, I think this falls short. Many of the passages contain the phrase “Seek The Lord”. Isn’t that what we are trying to learn to do? It seems to me that when seeking the Lord we look for Him where He is. God is, Jesus is, in Holy Scripture. It is in Scripture where He may be found. All of scripture, the entire word of God. Jesus fulfilled the entire scripture of His day!” Read the Scriptures and live according to its principles.
“And the Word was made flesh.”
- Keeping Your Way Pure (mcdministries.wordpress.com)
- “Why do you think evil in your hearts?” (worryisuseless.wordpress.com)
- Day 8 – Planned For God’s Pleasure (werejumpin.wordpress.com)