A great example of what it means to seek the Lord that has been given to the Christian in the Scriptures is that of Daniel. Daniel was a man who endured much hardship and temptation to turn his back on God, but nevertheless, he remained steadfast. The Scriptures tell us that Daniel said, “And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes” (Dan. 9:3). Daniel set his face unto the Lord. He desired to have the Lord’s attention and sought Him with all his heart.
The victory or demise of a person may very well rest upon the answer to this question: Is he seeking the Lord? While desiring victory is a very good reason in and of itself to seek the Lord, the question may still arise, “Why does the Christian seek the Lord?” In a sense, it may seem like a silly question, but try to think through reasons for why you should seek the Lord. It may be hard for some of you to think of some good biblical reasons as to why this should be done.
For those of you who want to know what the Bible says about the matter, here are seven reasons as to why the Christian should see the Lord:
- Seeking the Lord brings about understanding
Developing an understanding about God and life is important for each and every person who has ever lived. However, how does someone develop a true understanding about these matters? The Bible sheds some light on this question for us: “Evil men understand not judgment: But they that seek the Lord understand all things” (Prov. 28:5). A good reason number one to seek the Lord: It will help you to understand that which you do not presently understand.
Maybe there is a matter that is pressing in your life that you feel in the dark about. You may be confused and not know what to make of it all. Seek the Lord, and He will give you understanding.
- Seeking the Lord brings about life
It is an unfortunate but true statement that many think they will lose out on life by seeking the Lord. But the reality is that when someone truly sets out to seek the Lord, he will find life in the process. Amos tells us, “For thus saith the Lord unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live” (Amos. 5:4). The Bible makes it clear that the path to life is the path that leads to God.
- Seeking the Lord brings about His presence
Sweet communion with God is incomparable with the things of this world. Nothing can beat a time of fellowship with the God of creation. He alone is worthy of worship, praise, and adoration. It is this same God Who delights to be with His people. It is true that the saints are radically changed in the presence of God, but it is also true that the saints must seek God’s face to experience this blessing. Scripture says, “But if from thence thou shall seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul” (Deut. 4:29). Good reason number three to seek the Lord: If you seek Him, you will find Him.
- Seeking the Lord brings about His protection
While there are many good reasons to seek the Lord, one of the most important may be His protection. The Christian lives in a fallen world that is continually being corrupted with sinful influences. God alone is the One Who can protect the Christian. Yes, He may use others to protect people (such as doctors with medicine protecting from illness, police protecting from criminals, or parents protecting their children from danger), but in each and every situation, the sovereign God is behind it all.
A time came in the life of Ezra in which he was ashamed. He told why in Ezra 8:22. Ezra was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and an escort to protect his people from the enemy. The reason for this was that he had already turned to the Lord, so he told the king, “…The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him” (Ezra 8:22). Ezra knew that the protection of his people did not reside in the army of man but rather in the Lord of hosts.
- Seeking the Lord brings about His attention
Every Christian who has ever lived has needed to be heard by God. In the life of every Christian, there are needs that only God can answer. But what if the Christian does not turn to God and seek His attention concerning these matters? Scripture tells us in James chapter 4 that many people do not have because they do not ask. The implications of this verse run deep.
Some people do not have strength because they do not ask for strength. Some people do not have victory because they do not ask for victory. Some people are not seeing others in their lives being saved because they do not ask for this to occur. Scripture says, “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, And delivered me from all my fears” (Ps. 34:4). In this verse, David was delivered from his fears because he sought the Lord.
What do you need deliverance from today? Seek the Lord, and He will hear you.
- Seeking the Lord brings about His favor
The goodness of God finds no parallel. Yes, there are illustrations (such as the father who will give good gifts to his children), but even in this illustration, God is raised above an earthly father because He is infinitely better and infinitely good. Seeking the Lord brings about the favor of God and opens the floodgates for His goodness to be poured into your life. Jeremiah says, “The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him” (Lam. 3:25). Seek the Lord and be an eyewitness to His goodness in your life.
- Seeking the Lord brings about prosperity
When the word prosperity is used in some Christian circles, it may make those present cringe. It is unfortunate that this biblical word comes with some baggage now. Nevertheless, it is a Scriptural word, but it may take some explaining. Spiritual prosperity and God’s caring for the needs of His children are what are ultimately at stake in the life of a believer. Yes, some Christians may be prosperous in the form of riches, but this is not the norm, nor is it a promise in the Bible. Scripture says, “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: But they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing” (Ps. 34:10). The Christian that seeks the Lord shall not be in want. He shall have his full and be satisfied with the bread from heaven and the streams of living water.
So there are seven good reasons as to why the Christian should be seeking the Lord. Getting started may be the hardest part. For those of you who have had a dry spell, it can be hard to want to pray and read your Bible. During times of dryness, sometimes singing to the Lord can help Christians to break out from underneath what may be a spirit of heaviness.
Seek the Lord through His Word, and seek the Lord through prayer. Sing to the Lord and turn to Him in all parts of life. Let His Word be brought to bear on each and every situation that you face. Seek Him while you are alone. Seek Him while you are with others.
What is often forgotten is that each action that you take can be a step toward seeking the Lord. Loving another is seeking the Lord. Humbling yourself is seeking the Lord. Showing kindness is seeking the Lord, as is serving those around you. Seek the Lord today and experience His blessing.
Father, I pray that You would help me to seek Your face today. Help me to desire to spend time with You in Your Word and through prayer. I pray that You would work on my heart and help me to desire You more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.