Seeking God with All Our Heart

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

The verse of the day promises that we will find God and his will when we seek him with all our hearts.

If that’s the case, why is God so difficult to understand? Why is it so hard to find God and his will?

The key is the phrase “when you seek me with all your heart.” Discovering God and God’s will takes great effort. In fact, it will take our ultimate commitment and pursuit. This is not a half-hearted effort. Pursuing God and God’s truth will take our greatest commitment.

Let me explain it this way.

How does a couple grow in emotional intimacy? How does a couple grow closer together? Knowing another requires great commitment and effort. There are times when it is so much easier to let things be, to leave things alone. In fact, there are times when it would be easier to leave the relationship than to work through the difficulties and misunderstandings. But when we do, we will never experience intimacy. We will never be truly known and we will truly never know another.

When things get hard what keeps couples together is not a feeling of warmness for one another but commitment. It’s the determined commitment that one has to another that keeps us in the conversation. It takes great effort, work, determination, and commitment.

The same is true with God. What do you think seeking God with all your heart means? It means to make knowing God your ultimate priority and importance. It means to seek God and his righteousness above all other things.

What does it mean to seek God first? It has to start with seeking God first in God’s word. You have to be committed to reading, studying, and understanding God’s word. Secondly, it means being committed to worshiping in a church where the Word of God is faithfully preached. Not someone’s idea of what God is. But preaching God’s word as it is. Thirdly, it means being committed to studying the Bible with others.

I confess that I don’t consistently live that way. And it’s when I don’t that I lose my way, and the same is true for you as well.

This is your friendly reminder. God loves you. God wants what’s best for you. God already has a plan for your best to be a reality. So seek God. Seek God first and all these things will be added to you as well.

Join me in recommitting ourselves to seek God with all our heart.

God bless you!

Love God, Hate Evil

“Let those who love the LORD hate evil” (Psalm 97:10).

Christians do not knowingly love evil. Even when we are tempted by evil we know evil is bad. We do our best to resist temptation and evil. Those who love God hate what evil does in our lives and in our society.

But what happens when Christians are unable to discern what is good from what is evil? What happens when Christians unknowingly love evil and embrace evil? Not because they intended to, but simply because they didn’t know any better?

How can something like that happen?

The devil knows that Christians aren’t going to endorse sin. So, what does the devil do? He makes Christians ignorant of sin and evil.

  • How do Christians know what sin is? The Bible tells us.
  • How do Christians know how to live a victorious life? The Bible tells us.

So, what happens when Christians don’t know the Bible?

Yup. That’s where we get in trouble. The devil’s greatest weapon is Christian’s ignorance of God’s word.

Reading and studying God’s word is God-honoring work. It doesn’t just happen. You have to be intentional about reading God’s word. And it’s not easy. You have to work at understanding it. Oftentimes, to properly understand God’s word, it means reading commentaries and joining Bible studies where the Bible is clearly explained.

Friends, thank you for spending a few minutes with me, and most importantly, with God’s word every day. May God bless your reading and studying of God’s word.

Finishing Well

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).

Starting things is easy. Finishing things is hard.

Starting is exciting. Nearing the end is exciting. It’s the in-between part that is so dang hard.

How many diets, exercise regimen, books, programs have we started? How many have we finished?

The problem is the middle part. The middle part is dreadfully boring. It’s wearisome. It’s tiring. It gets to be so routine. So, what are we to do in the middle part? That’s where almost every one of us finds ourselves in the journey of faith. What do we do in the middle part?

We all want to finish well. We want to be able to say, like the Apostle Paul, “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.”

There are two perspectives needed to do this:

  • When things get hard, boring, wearisome, tiring, remember why you got started. Remember what your life was like before you got started. Remember the motivation, the hopes, the longings that made you start to begin with.
  • Secondly, when things get hard, remember the ending. Remember what awaits you. Remember why you’re doing what you’re doing. Choose what you want most over what you want now. Remember how you want your life story to end.

It is these two perspectives that will help you to keep on keeping on in the middle part of your faith journey.

  • Remember why you started
  • Remember how you want your life story to end

Keep at it. There is no other life than the life of a disciple that is worth living.