Pursuing and establishing a relationship with God plays a significant role in the quality of our prosperity. That is why we must diligently seek God with all our hearts. As we seek Him, God will reveal Himself to us, and we will see His hand operating in our lives. Indeed, spending time with God gives us the tools we need to receive His blessings. How can God bless you if He does not know you?
Many of you are eagerly awaiting God to come into your lives. You have made up your mind that you are going to wait until he does. Problem is, though, all you are doing is waiting. If you do not pray consistently, if you do not operate in faith, and if you are not obedient, youíll be waiting a long, long time. God is a God of action. He is constantly watching and blessing and listening and talking to His children. Yes, He is able, but He is also an enabler. He has enabled you to seek him. You must make the effort to find Him.
Letís look at Jobís approach to looking for God:
ďBehold, I go forward, but He is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive Him:
On the left hand, where He doth work, but I cannot behold him: He hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see Him:Ē
(Job 23:8 - 9)
Job literally looked everywhere for God! He even tried to catch Him where He works. He looked in all directions ó- north, south, east and west. The Bible tells us that he searched diligently for Him but could not see him. However, Job was not discouraged. He kept right on praying and seeking God. He was in hot pursuit of God!
Hot Pursuit of God
As a little boy, I remember rushing home after school to watch the Warner Brothers cartoon about the coyote and the roadrunner. I was always so amazed that the little, sweet, gentle roadrunner always successfully eluded the conniving, treacherous coyote. Regardless of how many obstacles and dangerous situations the coyote faced in pursuit of the roadrunner, he never gave up. He continued going after the roadrunner. He was smashed, slammed, clubbed, beaten, kicked, pushed, run over by trains, laughed at and beep-beeped almost to death. I especially remember him falling down into a cavernous gorge on almost every episode. But he never gave up. Sometimes, all the roadrunner did was simply hide behind a tree or a rock, but he hid himself so well that the coyote still could not find him.
We must be like that coyote. Though God may elude you, you must go after Him. Our desire to find God must be so strong that we are literally in hot pursuit of Him. You may be smashed, slammed, clubbed, beaten, kicked, pushed, run over by trains, laughed at and beep-beeped after you turn every corner, but you must continue in hot pursuit, looking for God all over ó in the north, south, east and west ó until you find Him. You may even find yourself falling into a seemingly bottomless, cavernous gorge, but donít be discouraged. You WILL find God. And when you do, He will reward you with His presence.
The definition of seek is ďto desire, to reach out at, to go after.Ē We have to desire God. We must vigorously reach out to Him. For some, He will not easily be found. But remember, He is not lost, we are. Our search for God is really a search for our spiritual home. God is home to us, and weíve got to get home. He is our place of refuge, and our salvation. We must diligently seek to find God.
Have you ever gotten lost while driving? One of the first things we learn from being lost is where not to go. We find out from being lost exactly where our destination is not, and we know not to go there again. Eventually, we learn how to drive exactly where we are going. Through experience, we learn which roads to take, what turns to make and what landmarks to look for. After a while, getting there takes less time, and we can easily go back again. Why? Because after diligently trying to find a location, we finally got there. Because of our efforts, we know where we are going AND we know where not to go.
This is important because as we seek God, we also learn where He is not. Through His Word, He tells us exactly what roads to take, which turns to make and gives us signs to look for. He wants us to know how to find Him. Itís true, He has the power to just pluck us up out of our bad circumstances, but if we do not know who we are in Him or where He is, we might wander off and wind up anywhere. So He makes us look for Him so that once we find Him, weíll know why and weíll know how to get back to Him again. God is truly amazing!
I do not remember any episodes where, despite all his efforts, the coyote finally caught up with the roadrunner. I often wondered why the coyote didnít just give up. However, I guarantee that when you are in hot pursuit of God, you will find Him. Donít give up. God is worth finding and holding on to. When you have God, you have everything you need. You automatically have all the other things you probably pursued more diligently than you pursued God. Recall that just like material things, God is just for the asking.
God, RSVP ASAP
Itís time to seek God. Itís time to send Him, through prayers, an invitation to be in our presence and in our hearts. If you let God know that His presence is required, He will show up. Since He probably will not RSVP, you must be ready and prepared to receive Him at all times.
Job was not the only one looking for God. Even Isaiah declared that his soul desired, yearned and longed for God in the nighttime and that his spirit sought Him early in the morning.
Moses was so enthralled by God that he told Him he wanted to see His glory. God complied and showed Moses His backparts, but what he actually saw was just the residue of God. Even though it was just His residue, Moses still had to marvel in the presence of the Lord God Almighty. Moses could not even stand the glory gleaming from just a trace of God. If the residue of God is enough to make you shout and marvel and declare his sovereignty, imagine how you would react if you actually found God!
Just as a baseball coach waves in the runner coming home from third base, God gives us signs and directions to help us find him. Just like a coach, the closer you get to Him, the more vigorously He waves. Trust God enough to run straight toward Him, as fast as you can. He is waiting with open arms.
Better Than A Big Steak Dinner
ďBut he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me
I shall come forth as gold.
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips;
I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.Ē
Searching Godís Word is the way that we find Him. His Word should be so sweet unto us, that we would prefer to have just one Word from God than a big, steak dinner with all the trimmings.
Imagine sitting at your favorite table in your favorite restaurant, unconcerned about your saturated fat intake. The waitress approaches you with a tray laden with all the components of a big steak dinner: A T-bone steak glistening in succulent juices, soft, savory rolls bathing in butter, a baked potato stuffed with butter, sour cream, chives, cheese and bacon and a tall glass of iced tea sweetened to perfection. Donít forget the dessert you have already ordered, a bowl of hot apple crumb cobbler a la mode (I warned you, this is a high fat meal). You see the smiling waitress make the final turn to your table. She stops, looks at you, places the tray in front of you and then says, ďEnjoy and itís on the house!Ē Guess what? Godís Word is even better than that! It is wonderful and fulfilling.
Godís word is better than a big steak dinner. One word from Him can change your whole life. Even though food may be necessary, Godís word is critical.
As you have seen in Jeremiah 29:11, God wants to prosper you, but you must seek Him out. You must require His presence. He cannot bless you if He does not know you, and He cannot get to know you until you find Him. Seek Him earnestly, and God will make Himself available. Go after what He has for you. Get in hot pursuit of Him. Seek God with every fiber of your being, and then your prosperity will unfold.
Godís Requirements Of Us
God has two requirements of us:
1. Believe that He exists, and
2. Believe that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
God could have demanded that we feed the poor, clothe the naked, volunteer at a charity, serve on every church board, speak in tongues, heal the sick and give away all our money. But all that He requires of us is that we believe that He alone is God and that He alone is our rewarder. It impresses me that prosperity is tied up with seeking God diligently. He takes pleasure in our prosperity because He knows that we have to seek Him for it. He wants us to prosper in every good way and in every situation in life.
Despite all that God can give us, the material does not compare with the Spiritual. When you find God and bask in His glory, you will throw your clothes, money and everything else in the dust, because nothing compares with His glory. Hallelujah!
We must seek God, and we can find Him in His word. Even if it means you have to get up early or stay up late, you must read His word. You can easily look around and see that your miracles are not in the abundance God intended simply because you have not sought Him. Your prayers are not being answered simply because you donít know him. Your life is in shambles because your relationship with God is in shambles. Once you find Him, you find His power, His miracles, His sovereignty, His prosperity, His everything.