Diligently Seeking God

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

The author of what is called the faith chapter of the Bible presents what we might call “The Hall of Faith.”  He parades by heroes of faith who showed us by the way they lived what faith is.  Before he exhibits these walking definitions of faith, the author writes some introductory thoughts about faith.  He writes that without faith it is impossible to please God or come to God.  He adds that if we want to come to God or please God we must believe two things about God: We must believe that He is, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.

In two places (in Matthew 7 and Luke 11), Jesus taught that we should continuously – and with perseverance – ask, seek, and knock.  He gives a great promise with this exhortation.  He promises that everyone who asks in this way will receive, and everyone who seeks in this way will find, and the one who knocks in this way will discover that the door on which they are knocking will open to them.  Seeking is intense asking and knocking is intense seeking.

Jesus was not talking about salvation when He gave this exhortation.  He was teaching us how to diligently seek God. According to the author quoted above this is a prerequisite to pleasing God and coming to God.  Can there be such a thing as an authentic believer who does not want to come to God and please God?

If you want to come to and please God find out what it means to diligently seek God.

One Response to Diligently Seeking God

  1. Mark S. says:

    …and perhaps more pointedly, can there be such a thing as an authentic believer who does not *continuously* want to come to the Lord and please God? Not in the sense of never stumbling or never wandering off (prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love….) but in that sense of never being satisfied that we have gone as far as there is to go. What authentic believer could say, “I know God well enough now – I am good with where I am – I need not pursue Him further.” I take the implication of the fourth beatitude, that “those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled”, to mean that we will be nourished bountifully by God as we pursue Him, but we will never be sated – the hunger and thirst will persist as that which causes us to keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking. “Oh that we might know the Lord – let us press on to know Him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.”

    Bless you, friend… Mark

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