Posted in Ages 11 & above, God & Me

Finding God

In the world that we live, if we need to find information about something, we have to look for it from a genuine source. With internet being available to all, we have every information we need at our fingertips. However, the information we find online is not always genuine. If we do not get the right information, we could be misled. It is very important to get the correct information always specially when it relates to our health, life and future or else it can affect us adversely.

Similarly wrong information about God also affects us adversely because it affects our entire eternity. If our sources do not give us genuine information, then we are doomed. How do we find God and what are our genuine resources? Let us search the treasure book to find clues.

OPENING THE TREASURE BOOK undefined

Seek God

Different individuals have different things that interests them. Interest is the feeling of wanting to know or learn about something or someone. We all have various interests that are unique to us. Some of us are interested in electronic gadgets, others in photography, cooking, travelling, sports, vehicles, language, history, etc. When our interests are deep rooted, our hearts will be filled with the desire to know more about it and we end up spending several hours on google or on YouTube researching and reading about it. We put our heart and soul to it and we acquire more knowledge about it. So we find when we seek.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”

Matthew 7:7

But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Deuteronomy 4:29

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13

Similarly, when we have a deep rooted interest in God, we seek Him. And if we seek Him we will find Him. When we seek we need to do so with all our heart and with all our soul. Our heart and our soul should be full of the desire to seek Him. This happens only when God becomes our primary interest.

God should become our primary interest and then when we seek Him with all our heart and soul we will find Him.

How to seek God?

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

2 Timothy 3:16

But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 

1 Corinthians 2:10-11

In the physical world, how do we look for things that interest us? We research about it by reading genuine articles, listening about it from experienced people, going for courses, watching videos etc.

We use similar principle to seek God. The first place we should turn to is the “Word of God”. It reveals many things about God such as His likes and dislikes, His behavioral characteristics, what pleases Him and what makes Him angry and so on. Listening to preachers and teachers of the Word also helps us learn about God. But you need to verify with the word of God everything that you hear and do not blindly believe things spoken about Him. Also listening to testimonies of people who experienced God is another way of seeking. Spending time in prayer talking to God and worshipping Him in truth & in spirit also reveals Him on a personal level. The Holy Spirit inside of you also reveals the heart of God.

Word of God is the primary resource for seeking God. Spending time in prayer talking to God and worshipping Him in truth & in spirit, reveals Him on a personal level. The Holy Spirit inside of us reveals the heart of God to us. Reading or listening to preaching, teaching and testimonies are other ways of seeking God.

Example of Josiah ( 2 Chronicles 34)

The story

Josiah was eight years old when he became king of Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord and walked in His ways. While he was 16 years, he began to seek God. When he was 20 years, he started to remove the idols and worship places of other Gods from Judah and Jerusalem. He broke down the altars of the Baals, the wooden images and the carved images. He broke the molded images in pieces, made dust of them and scattered it on the graves of those who had sacrificed to them. When he was 26 years, he took to repair the house of the Lord his God. The Lord’s worship place was in ruins and not attended to. Also the law given by God was not followed and infact neither the people nor the king was aware of such a law until they found the “Book of the Law of the Lord” given by Moses from the temple during its repair . Next he reinstated true worship among his people. He gathered all people of his kingdom at the house of the Lord and made known to them what was written in the Book of the Law. Then he along with the people made a covenant to God to follow Him and walk in His ways as given in the book of the law. Thus Josiah removed all the abominations from all the country that belonged to the children of Israel, and made all who were present in Israel diligently serve the Lord their God. All his days they did not depart from following the Lord God of their fathers.

The explanation

Josiah became a king when he was very very young – at the age of 8. We think 8 years is a very small age to know God or walk in His ways. But Josiah proves this wrong. He got a huge responsibility of leading God’s people at the age of 8. Even at that young age he chose to do what was right before God and walked in His ways. While he was still young (in his late teens), he began seeking God. This is an age when you feel you know better than anyone else. But, Josiah chose to seek God this time. When he seeked God, the things of God were revealed to him one after the other. Even things that were hidden for a very long time. In fact, the very heart of God was revealed to him.

Just imagine having power in your teens to do anything that you want!! What would you do? Maybe provide free internet to all, or make education available to all. Each of us will have our own version for sure. Josiah in his teens was the king and could do anything with the power he had. But when the heart of God was revealed to him, he used the power to reinstate the ways of God in the kingdom and lived according to how God wanted him to live. First he removed all worship places in the country where people worshipped other Gods – He removed Idolatry from among God’s people knowing it was an abomination to God. Secondly, he repaired the worship place of God. And next, he restored true worship among God’s people and made them diligently serve the Lord their God. He turned back the hearts of God’s people to the one true God.

When you seek God, the heart of God will be revealed to you and God will enable you to walk in His ways and carry out His plans.

Treasures uncovered

Finding God

God should become our primary interest and then when we seek Him with all our heart and soul we will find Him.

Word of God is the primary resource for seeking God. Spending time in prayer talking to God and worshipping Him in truth & in spirit, reveals Him on a personal level. The Holy Spirit inside of us reveals the heart of God to us. Reading or listening to preaching, teaching and testimonies are other ways of seeking God.

When you seek God, the heart of God will be revealed to you and God will enable you to walk in His ways and carry out His plans.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for enlightening us about how to find you. Help us to diligently seek you all the days of our life. Thank you for the resources you have given us to seek you. We thank you for word of God and the Holy Spirit you have provided us. We also thank you for the teachers and preachers whom you have placed in our lives to help us seek you. We love you Lord. In Jesus’s name, Amen.


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