Seeking God’s face means getting to know him and not first, only, and/or just looking to what He gives to and does for us. This involves an honesty of intention in our searching.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
Quite a few places in scripture emphasize the idea of seeking God’s face over his hands. Psalm 27:8 tells us God creates a longing in our hearts for connection with Him. Psalm 104:5 and 1 Chronicles 16:11 are duplicate words of David’s seeking God’s presence and his strength continually, and 1 Chronicles 28:9 gives us much of what we need to understand the importance of seeking His face.
“And Solomon, my son, get to know the God of your ancestors. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord sees every hear and understands and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”
How to Seek
How can we apply this directive to know God – to truly see His face over what He does for us – in our lives today?
- Sincerely seek God’s face. Reading the Old Testament is a great way to get to know God’s character as he interacts with his people.
- Worship him. When he does show is hand, recognize what he has done and be grateful to him for it.
- Serve him. Reading the New Testament gives much in the way of how to serve God. Never stop studying this.
- Give your whole heart. Continually allow God to show you what you have placed above him on your priority list.
- Keep your mind teachable. Turn to God for direction on how to live your life & be open to having your faith challenged.
- Don’t neglect God. We get busy so easily. Knowing this, we can build in habits that ensure our regular attention toward him.
Seeking God’s face — his character and who he is as a person — really involves simply choosing to spend regular and consistent time with him. It involves listening to him, talking with him, and caring about his desires.
As we get to know God better, we realize the role faith plays in that relationship. We begin to understand that we must trust that he rewards those who honestly seek him.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
This means seeking him and letting him decide what happens next. We must trust that he’ll do what’s best for us. This growth of trust results in more seeking of him and less asking for his hand to move in our lives.
Now is always the best time to seek God. Don’t wait for a better time because there isn’t one. Putting it off means making any further seeking more difficult because it increases our distance and the stuff we put between us and God. Fortunately, God doesn’t move or hide; he’s always right where he is at this very moment ready for us to seek and find him.