Proverbs 8:17 – I love those who love me. Those who seek me diligently will find me.
Jeremiah 29:13 – When you seek me, you will find me, provided you seek for me wholeheartedly;
2 Chronicles 16:9 – For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”
From the above scriptures, we will see that God wants to be sought after. But why? You may ask. It is the proof of our love and the evidence of the value we place on our relationship with Him. One of the reasons why God preferred David to Saul in the bible was because David was a man that was in pursuit of God’s heart (Acts 13:22).
As you are aware, everyone is in pursuit of something. Everyone’s desire and heart is set on one thing or another per time. This is human nature, it is God given and there is nothing wrong with pursuit but what would be wrong would be if our pursuit undermines God : if the hierarchy of our pursuit does not set God as top priority. In John 15:5, Jesus said, “Without me, you can do nothing.” Our pursuit minus God will eventually result in nothing. Our pursuit with God gives us eternal status in the overall scheme of things. Making God our top priority and spending time with Him is mainly to our advantage. Those that mind God will always matter. No man will ever out-grow the need for God’s presence and guidance.
The above scriptures tell us how God wants us to seek after Him, wholeheartedly. No distraction, no pre-occupation should be allowed. He is either Lord of all or not Lord at all. It is remarkable to note that after we give our whole heart to God, we become able to receive His whole heart and He also gives His own quality of life in addition. And by the way, He first gave us His all before we ever knew of Him. Not that we first loved Him, but rather, He first loved us(1 John 4:19). You cannot beat God at giving.
You cannot give God your whole heart when some part of it still seeks revenge, or holds someone in unforgiveness. I am not trying to condemn you, but I am showing you some hindrances to total surrender. Remember the story of the rich your ruler in Matthew 19:16-22? He told Jesus he has kept all the commandments since he was a youth and Jesus did not dispute it, therefore, I assume it was true. However, Jesus highlighted to him that his submission was selective and incomplete. This guy would do anything he was told until it came to giving away his money. God had the best place only after his wealth. To some, it is their career, to some, it their relationship, to others, it is pride and the list goes on. It is God that gives us power to get wealth, health, success, time etc. He gave us these things so that we could worship Him with them and not so that we could worship the things. This man was practically telling Jesus that there was a limit to what he could do or give to God.
My question is, how much sacrifice can you make in order to give time to God and obey Him? It is a question that we all need to keep answering for the rest of our lives, but the answer will be easy to give if we cultivate the habit of putting God first. Always consider how your decisions and choices will impact your first priority (God). This is the key to living in the fullness of the love and presence of God. You cannot enjoy the active presence of God in your situation if He is always an afterthought.
Pursuit is the proof of desire. If God is your number one, it will be obvious through your pursuit. Jesus said, “My Father has not left me alone because I do always the things that please Him. God responds to wholehearted surrender. Over to you.
For Further Study
Acts 13:22, Matthew 19:16-22, 1 John 4:19
Personal declaration for the day
I will put God and his kingdom first.
Questions for you to reflect on
• How much of your heart does God have?
• What is competing with the place of God in your heart?
• How do you intend to deal with it?