Seek My Face

12 Then the LORD appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, 14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.”

2 Chronicles 7:12-15 (ESV)

 

This past month I have made the habit of watching some pretty incredible sermon’s online.  Yep, that’s right, I have been watching sermon’s online.  I have found that if I unplug from the TV and plug into the Lord through these different mediums many things change in my life.  Naturally, this is not a substitute for studying God’s Word but it is certainly challenging to say the least.

Most recently I watched a message by Richard Owen Roberts entitled Seek My Face.  Even though this message was delivered several years ago the message still rings true.

So, why is it important that we seek the face of the Lord?  Many of us make the mistake in believing that a decision to follow Christ many years ago is sufficient to maintaining a healthy walk with the Lord.  Unfortunately, throughout scripture we learn that it is not how a person starts in their walk with the Lord but how they finish.

We are a people who will worship something.  However, it is ingrained into our nature that we will seek the inconsequential, that which is false or foreign.  The Lord said, “you shall have no other God’s before me” (Exodus 20:3 – ESV).  If this were not an issue the Lord would have never given us this commandment as the first of the Ten Commandments.  The Lord also said, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.  You shall not bow down to serve them, for I the Lord your God am an jealous God visiting the iniquity of the father on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to those who love me and keep my commandments.”  (Exodus 20:4-6 – ESV)

Now, there are many things here but it is important to notice that we 1) have no other God’s before the Lord and 2) shall not make for ourselves any carved image in which we worship.  But we have all served other Gods at one time or another: the God of sports, entertainment, materialism, education, comfort, government, family and on and on.  “We all like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way..” (Isaiah 53:6)

The Lord commands us that we must set our heart to seek the Lord.  “Seek my face.” (2 Chronicles 7:14- ESV)  If we do not set our hearts to seek the face of God we will identify our selves with King Asa.  “And he did evil,for he did not set his heart to seek the LORD.” (2 Chronicles 12:14 – ESV)

Have YOU ever, set your heart to (continually) seek the Lord?  Not have you ever made a decision for Jesus, but are you currently seeking the face of God?  If we do not, we will immediately break fellowship with the Lord and chase after foreign gods making us idolators in the sight of God.  Do you want a deeper walk with the Lord?  Seek the face of God.

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