Seeking the Lord – AADISHRI ARUN

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Seeking the Lord means seeking His presence. “Presence” is a common translation of the Hebrew word “face.” Literally, we are to seek His “face.”  To be before His face is to be in His presence. But are His children always in His presence? Yes in two senses: First, in the sense that God is omnipresent and therefore always near everything and everyone. He holds everything in being. His power is ever-present in sustaining and governing all things. And second, yes, He is always present with His children in the sense of His covenant commitment to always stand by us and work for us and turn everything for our good. God says “Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age”. But there is a sense in which God’s presence is not with you always. For this reason, the Bible repeatedly calls you to “seek the Lord . . . seek his presence continually.” God’s manifest, conscious, trusted presence is not our constant experience. There are seasons when you become neglectful of God and give Him no thought and do not put trust in Him and you find Him “Unmanifested” — that is, unperceived as great and beautiful and valuable by the eyes of your hearts. His face — the brightness of His personal character — is hidden behind the curtain of your carnal desires. This condition is always ready to overtake you. That is why you are told to “seek His presence continually.” God calls you to enjoy continual consciousness of His supreme greatness and beauty and worth. Now question is-what it means to seek? Continual seeking. But what does that mean practically?  The Holy scriptures says – “Setting of the mind and heart” on God. It is the conscious fixing or focusing of our mind’s attention and our heart’s affection on God. The Holy Bible has prophesied -“Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God.” For being seeker of God, you should understand what is means to make a conscious choice to seek God and the Obstacles to Avoid.

A Conscious Choice:

This setting of the mind is the opposite of mental coasting. It is a conscious choice to direct the heart toward God. This is what Paul prays: “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness ”. It is a conscious effort on your part. But that effort to seek God is a gift from God himself.  In effect we seek God because he graces us with a desire to seek him. You do not make this mental and emotional effort to seek God because He is lost. God is never lost. Nevertheless, there is always something through which or around which you must go to meet Him consciously. This going through or around is what seeking is. He is often hidden. Veiled. You must go through mediators and around obstacles. The heavens are telling the glory of God. So you can seek Him through that. He reveals Himself in His word. So you can seek Him through that. He shows Himself to you in the evidences of grace in other people. So you can seek Him through that. The seeking is the conscious effort to get through the natural means to God Himself — to constantly set your minds toward God in all your experiences, to direct our minds and hearts toward Him through the means of His revelation. This is what seeking God means.

Obstacles to Avoid:

And there are endless obstacles that you must get around in order to see Him clearly, and so that you can be in the light of His presence. You must flee spiritually dulling activities. You must run away from them and get around them. They are blocking your way. You know what makes you vitally sensitive to God’s appearances in the world and in the word. And you know what dulls us and blinds you and makes you not even want to seek Him. These things you must move away from and go around if you would see God. That is what seeking God involves. And as you direct your minds and heart’s God-ward in all your experiences, you cry out to Him. This too is what seeking Him means. You can use the following prayer-“O Lord, open my eyes. O Lord, pull back the curtain of my blindness towards you. Lord, have mercy and reveal yourself. I long to see your face.”