Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Seeker and the Sought

Our seeking after God is never the first step in a relationship with Him, it is a response to His seeking us.

"There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God, " (Romans 3:11.)

I have had a delightful occurrence many times during the thirty-six years of our marriage.  Glen and I will be at a social function or meeting and we will be on opposite sides of the room, perhaps in conversations with another person.  Then, from across the room, we will look at each other.  There is usually a smile, then a reciprocal smile and we will share something that needs no words to be communicated.

In this unspoken communication one of us is the seeker, the originator of the moment.  The other responds.

God is always seeking us, communicating to us.  "In Him we move and live and have our being," (Acts 17:28.)  Our responsibility is response to His seeking.  Our responsibility is to be sought.

What a wonderful thought for us to ponder as we go throughout our days!  We never seek God apart from His seeking us.  Our desire to pray, to worship, to read the Scriptures are always a response to His seeking our heart, for He desires a relationship with us.  He is always the one to have the first gaze and we are always the one to reciprocate.

This should swell our hearts and humble us at the same time.  How much more should it cause us to seek His face and in doing so, find His gaze already upon us.

"The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, 
to see if there were any that did understand and seek God." 
Psalm 14:2

"When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face; 
my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek." 
Psalm 27:8

If My Voice
Words and Music by Glen Davis

If my voice is sweet to you, Lord,
As Your word declares,
And if somehow You find delight in my prayers,
And if Your face You call me to seek Lord,
Your face I will seek.
And my voice. . .
You will hear.

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