Christians, I was recently trying to remember the last time I really sought after the Lord when everything was going well. I really cannot remember. I know for myself, when I was backslidden, I usually started to cry out to God when things started going wrong. Health crisis, financial crisis, relationship crisis; I would start to pray, read the Word, seek the Lord. When things were going fine, I slowly drifted further away.
Even when I got my life back on track, I would give God glory when things were going well, and I would pray selfish prayers like: “bless me, protect me and mine.” But I wasn’t truly seeking God, really pursuing after the plans He had for me and mine. Not until the next crisis arose, would I seek the Lord, His will, His way, until the situation improved.
I know we all could benefit to seek the Lord at all times. He gives us the verse “seek first the Kingdom of God…” and I know that it means more often than when everything is crumbling around us. I feel that so many times, we get comfortable when everything “looks” ok, we want to relax, just take our armor off, we just want to stay comfortable. The problem is, we are in a WAR! An eternal battle between Good (God) and Evil (Satan) that rages every single day whether we realize it or not.
We want to be participants, but we also want comforts and luxuries. I believe that if God did not allow shaking amongst His own people, we would get lazy, comfortable, and slip away like the rest of the world. When it comes to seeking the Lord, there is no rest, there is no down time, until Jesus is back on this earth ruling and reigning. I am not saying you cannot rest on the Sabbath or take a vacation, but if we are not weekly, monthly, yearly moving forward in the things of God, then something is wrong. We must have veered off course.
I can only speak for myself and offer encouragement to you. When you feel like everything is fine, right on track, you are at peace: seek the Lord with a passion, seek Him like you do when something is wrong, like when you are not at peace. Strive as hard as you can to get answers, get direction, see improvement, make changes. Do not wait until the enemy strikes your next weak area to react. Actively seek God out to show your weak areas and reinforce them before an attack. God does not intend for us to live in crisis. God knows the plans He has for us, plans to prosper not harm, plans for a hope and a future. It hangs on a contingency though. We have to seek Him and find Him when we seek with all our hearts, In Jesus Name, Amen.
But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. Matthew 6:33 (AMP)
Seek the Lord and His strength, yearn for and seek His face and to be in His presence continually. I Chronicles 16:11 (AMP)
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. II Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11 -13 (NIV)
written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2017