Yesterday we said in the day of trouble, we know we can trust the Lord. We have the choice when trouble comes to look to the sinful world for help or to our merciful Lord of grace. “Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice, and be gracious to me and answer me. When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.'” (Ps 27:7-8)
Pharisees care not a fig for the Lord’s hearing them, so long as they are heard by men, or charm their own pride with their sounding devotions; but to someone who is genuinely a Christ follower, the Lord’s ear is everything. Mercy is the hope of sinners and the refuge of saints. All acceptable petitioners dwell much upon this attribute.
We are taught that if we would have the Lord hear our voice, we must be careful to respond to His voice. “When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.'” There are many walking through the wide gate (Matt 7:13) who do not know the true Jesus, who would tell you to seek God’s hand of provision. Those are the preachers and teachers who tell you that the gospel is for us to live our best life here on earth. That’s a false gospel that will lead you to destruction.
What the Lord has said many times in His Word is what He wants with us is a relationship. Seeking His face is seeking to know Him, His character and His will. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matt 6:33)
God is willing to be known, and to open Himself up to us. The more we know of Him, the more we shall admire Him, and want to glorify Him. Therefore He doesn’t hide Himself if we genuinely seek Him. Instead, He desires to be known; and all those that have His Spirit desire to make Him known to others. “Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” (Is 55:6-7)
Those that suppress the knowledge of God in His will, what He does for us, and what He requires of us, they are enemies of God and His people. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.” (Rom 1:18-19)
If you are unsure how to begin to seek His face, ask Him! “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5) If we truly trust in our Lord, it is His will and relationship that will make the craziness we come across make sense, because our hope is not in the here and now, it is in eternity with our Lord.
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