January 29, 2004
Seeking the Lord
Have you ever experienced a spiritual “dry spell” when you couldn’t sense God was real, your prayers fell flat, and the Bible seemed like nothing more than black print on white pages? If during those times you were keeping a diary, you might have discovered that the dry spells occurred when your mind and heart were focused on someone or something other than the person of Jesus Christ. The remedy for such spiritual droughts is learning how to seek the Lord in a scriptural manner.
All through the Scriptures, we are admonished to seek Him. Seeking means that we desire Him, hunger for Him, and desire to grow in intimacy with Him. It does not mean going to the Lord laden with requests so you can get your needs met. Seeking Him may include needs and requests, but it goes far deeper. It means building an intimate relationship where the focus is not just getting my “things,” but being satisfied with Him.
One way to seek God is by developing a continual subconscious awareness of Jesus’ presence. You can’t consciously be thinking of Him every moment, but if you are a believer and know what it means to walk in the Spirit, Jesus will always be there—a sense of His presence will come and go, even when you are meticulously engrossed in something else. Set your heart to avoid any kind of relationship, pleasure, or experience that leaves Him out. Instead, seek the Lord fully; you will be wholly satisfied and richly rewarded.
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