We all are …
October, 1st, 2019
Note: This devotional is republish from June 6th, 2018. It has been reworked, edited and appended to, to hone the message and readability.
Despite what many believe who shun the Gospel of Jesus, we all are seeking God. The major difference is, who or what we define as God. What sounds on its face to be a simple topic, actually has a good deal of complexity.
But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
Matthew 6:33 (HCSB)
In the 1960’s, there was a major push by the devil to promote the lie that God was dead.
The first issue that the prevayiors of this thinking ran into is that a certain segment of them, wanted to believe that God was once alive, but long since had passed on, while the other side of the movement stated that God never existed in the first place.
Both of these groups thought of themselves as progressive thinkers; to have the personal fortitude to pronounce that there is no god, meant that they were liberated from the accountability to a creator.
Sadly, it was nothing more than the tired mantra, put forward by the oldest and most prolific enemy of humanity; Lucifer. That’s right, the devil hates humanity. We are part of God’s creation, and the devil’s entire gig is to tear down and destroy that which God has established.
“A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.”
John 10:10 (CSB)
As the end draws ever near, Satan is working his hardest. ‘The end‘, from a Christian Worldview, is the end of anything more than the world as we understand it. Humanity, will transcend the end of days, for humanity is a living soul. Humankind is, in fact, eternal.
But then we see people dying all the time! Their bodies yes, but the souls exist afterwards; either to reside with the God, we are still told to this day, isn’t around , or eternal separation from God.
If that was all there was to it, then what we are being told to do would be fairly benign. However, what our old enemy doesn’t want us to understand is just what separation from God means to us. It is not a party environment. Another way you might describe it is ‘eternal death’; not sleep, death!
Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!
Matthew 25:41 (HCSB)
No this separation from God is not a pleasant thing at all. There is no escape. The eternal fire never fully consumes its victims, they continue in anguish throughout eternity. No opportunity for redemption; that time will have passed. This is the judgement of the Lord God whom they would have denied.
Many more are perhaps not so brash as to deny God is real, but for all those who fail to accept the Grace and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, this punishment is a reality and looming ahead.
There is no different levels of punishment for unremediated sin, eternal death is the same for all who fail to accept the grace of Jesus.
What We Seek
Jesus made this clear in the following passage, but I think people typically look at this as a one sided option.
“Keep asking,, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Matthew 7:7-8 (HCSB)
This is a fairly well known passage from Jesus’s teaching. What folks often fail to see in it is what it says versus what it doesn’t say.
It says, ‘Keep searching, and you will find’ what you’re looking for. It does not say, ‘Don’t bother to search and you’ll be just fine’.
We seek something regardless. We either seek a life with God or we seek a life without God. This scripture states clearly, regardless of what we are seeking, we WILL FIND IT!
The day the denyer finds themselves in that place of torment, they will realize that which they sought in life, is exactly what they have achieved. If we seek life without God we will find life without God; for eternity, along with constant unmitigated suffering.
However, if we seek God, seek salvation, seek redemption, seek His love, peace, and grace; we WILL find it! It’s as simple as that!
We opened todays passages with ‘Seek first the kingdom of God’. It’s interesting to note that if we do, we don’t only find that kingdom, we understand that ‘All these things will be added to us’. All what things?
If we back up to verse 25 we find out:
“This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing?”
Matthew 6:25 (HCSB)
Sustenance. Or to focus in a more general sense, what Jesus was saying is, ‘stop being troubled about your day to day needs all the time. if you seek God’s Kingdom, He will take care of your needs!’
You can take that about as far as you wish, and it will remain true. Remember ‘search and you will find what you’re searching for’; right?
What are some other benefits of seeking?
In Acts we find that if we happen to be seeking God that we don’t have to look very far before we find Him.
He did this so they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.
Acts 17:27 (HCSB)
Seeking God can empower us with His strength!
Search for the Lord and for His strength; seek His face always.
1 Chronicles 16:11 (HCSB)
We see that there isn’t a pass card for those who choose to seek a life without God. We must have faith in God and understand that He is.
Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.
Hebrews 11:6 (HCSB)
Seek the Lord for righteousness.
Sow righteousness for yourselves and reap faithful love; break up your unplowed ground. It is time to seek the Lord until He comes and sends righteousness on you like the rain.
Hosea 10:12 (HCSB)
What many who turn from God fail to realize is that they need God. Their body craves His Spirit. When they are deprived of that they will seek any and all substitutes for it. The false gods we can attempt to fill our lives with, can be a partner, sex, alcohol, and other pleasures.
the thing is that after a season, none of these things continue to satisfy. We need more and more. Only Jesus satisfies fully.
Seeking is something we all do. There is no neutral position in the middle. We either seek God, or we seek an existence without God. Computer geeks understand this as being a binary choice; you either do or you don’t. The selection, determines the flow and resulting actions. It’s as simple as that.
In His Grace!