This is a most important question, for “seeking God” should be our number one priority in life. In Isaiah 43:7 we learn why God created us, “I have created him for my glory.” Revelation 4:11 adds to that by saying, “Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.” So, God created us to have fellowship with Him and through this relationship we bring Him glory and pleasure.

Seeking God is getting to know Him by spending time with Him and learning of Him, but before we speak of how we can do this, we must address another issue. We were all born sinners and because of sin we have no desire to seek God. Romans 3:11 tells us, “There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God” (NKJV). The apostle Paul is describing the whole human race in these words; there are no exceptions. Sin has robbed us of any desire to have fellowship with God and because of this we do NOT seek after God. But praise God He seeks after us! Jesus said in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost.” The Lord Jesus came into this world to rescue us from sin and by His death on the cross He can save the sinner who repents and believes the gospel. The very moment a sinner trusts in Christ as his personal Savior a new life is imparted to him and then, and only then, will he have the desire to “seek God.” We see this truth borne out in John 17:3, “And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent.” The believer possesses eternal life, which Scripture refers to as the “divine nature,” and this enables him to love God and to want to seek Him and know Him.

Though the believer has a new nature which gives him the capacity to seek after and know God, he still has three enemies that would prevent him from seeking God. They are the WORLD, the FLESH and the DEVIL. The Devil uses the world to attract the flesh. He can’t rob us of our salvation, but he can rob us of our enjoyment of it and of our desire to seek God and he uses the things of the world to that end. Because of this we MUST purpose in our hearts to seek God and not the things of the world. The first reference in the Bible to seeking God brings this out. It is Deuteronomy 4:29 which reads, “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul” (NASB). Jeremiah 29:13 echoes the same truth, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” The “heart” is the key to “seeking God.” If the heart is set upon the things of this poor world, we will not seek God. The apostle Paul knew this and thus he exhorts us in Colossians 3:1-2 with these words, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting on the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (NKJV).

Dear brothers and sisters, may our hearts be focused on Christ in the glory. As we “seek those things which are above, where Christ is,” we will indeed be “seeking God,” for God is revealed to us through His beloved Son. How exactly do we do this? We do this through meditating upon the Word of God and allowing the Spirit of God to make Christ real to us. The Holy Spirit delights to do this, for Jesus told us in John 16:14, “He will glorify Me, for He will take what is Mine and declare it to you” (NKJV). Our part is to be like Mary in Luke 10:39 who “sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.” The Spirit WILL do His part and reveal God to us through Christ. (173.6) (DO)