When you really stop and think about what is really most important in this life, and then study the Bible to see where all of our priorities should be set at in this life – there is one revelation that comes jumping off all the pages of the Bible. God desire that each and every Christian seek to establish a good, close, intimate, personal relationship with Him.
This one message and revelation is that God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are looking to establish and make a direct, one-on-one, intimate, personal relationship with each person He has created, and that is all of us.
What does God see in any of us that makes us so redeemable in His sight. It’s the fact that when God look at us, he sees His Son Jesus.
The key and secret to being able to establish this kind of deeper, personal, intimate relationship with the Lord in this life is dependent upon one, simple, little thing – and this one, simple, little thing is that you have to be willing to seek after it!
There is no secret in seeking the heart of God. He’s waiting for you. Just surrender with all your heart, and run after him.
Seek, and then you will find God. Draw near to God, and then He will draw near to you. Ask, and then you will receive. Knock, and then the doors will open up for you
If we do, these verses are then telling us that God will allow us to “find Him.” We will be able to fellowship with both God and Jesus through the Holy Spirit, if we show God that we mean serious business with Him by putting in a certain amount of intensity in our seeking of Him. Our calling as Christians is to seek, to run after God, above all else, nothing or no one else matter.
Seek after God, and then you will find Him. And the more that you seek after God, the more you will find of Him and the deeper and stronger your personal relationship will become with Him.
In God’s word, God promises us that if you seek Him with all your heart, then he will be found. If you seek to know God, to form an intimate relationship with Him, then you will get to know God by Him revealing Himself to you. Just like he revealed all His goodness to Moses, He will show all His goodness to you.
God knows all things; God sees your efforts to find Him. When you take the time to study his Word, to meditate on his Word, that means to roll it over in your heart, pray for others, guess what, “you’ve found Him.
As born-again believers, we would automatically keep God first place in our lives, but there is so many distractions in life. It is challenging at times to stay focused on seeking God first.
When we passionately seek God, it transforms us, and change us. And the enemy knows it. So, he uses the world’s distractions to keep us from God.
The enemy uses every one of his strategies to distract the Christians, to keep them from giving their hearts to Jesus. It boils down to a constant spiritual struggle just to stay focused.
When we allow other things to consume our lives, we drift away from God. Fix your eyes back on Jesus. Satan always tries his best to distract you and when you get serious about having fellowship, and commune with the Lord, he will try to distract you even more. But don’t let him.
Paul said, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12
The enemy is trying to keep you from being born again. These struggles put us at risk of distractions that pull us away from seeking God. Instead, we look to our own desires and what the world has to offer.
So, Let’s seek God like never before. Let’s turn to Him, follow Him, chase after Him, and offer our lives to Him.
God promises that if you seek Him with all your heart then you will find Him. God will always fulfill His promises because of His perfect character and his perfect faithfulness. God is perfectly faithful, so His promises are guaranteed. So, if you are seeking God with all your heart, then you will surely find Him.
“…those who seek me diligently will find me.” Proverbs 8:17 NKJV
Seeking the Heart of God
All through the Bible we see the heart of God. Every page you turn, you see his heart. God repeatedly calls us to “seek Him . . . seek his presence continually” (Psalm 105:4). And when we have him, we have everything.
“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” (Psalm 105:4).
Remember that God never breaks a promise. Forty years before this time God had told the children of Israel, “I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
And I will bring you into the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to you. … for a heritage: I am the Lord.” (Exodus 6:7–8.) What God is during here, is revealing His Heart, for the children of Israel.
The reason he commands us to seek Him, it’s because He desires a relationship with us. When God says, “Seek Me”, He is in effect saying, “Come close to me. Just like he revealed himself to Moses, He wants to show us all His goodness. He wants to reveal to you who he really is.
When you seek the heart of God, he gives you everything you need.
David, the shepherd-king of the Bible, pursued God in this way. That is why God called him, “a man after My heart, who will do all My will” (Acts 13:22).
What was David’s primary desire? He wanted to be close to God. He was seeking the heart of God.
In Psalm 27:4,8, David wrote, “One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to meditate in His temple…When You said, ‘Seek My face’, my heart said to You, ‘Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.’”
Will you set your heart to seek God’s face? If so, you can expect to receive the beautiful promise of Jeremiah 29:13. And along with that reward will come many others (Hebrews 11:6).
“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (NKJV).
God delights to be pursued. He wants to be found. That is why He instructs us in His Word how to seek Him. Search for Him with all your heart.
“Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.”
Steps to Seeking God
First, we seek Him affectionately. That means out of love. Always remember our relationship with God is one of love.
Next, we seek Him diligently. We do not rush through quiet times. When we enter God’s presence, we enter His rest. one of the greatest tools of the devil is to get Christians not to discipline and renew their minds to fight this area of spiritual warfare.
Thirdly, we seek Him consistently. A spiritual life of inconsistency simply will not get close to the Lord. God honors faithfulness: a “stick to it” attitude that perseveres through times of spiritual dryness and spiritual winter. Be consistent and watch how real the Lord becomes as we seek Him with all our hearts faithfully.
Fourthly, we seek Him uncompromisingly. Entertain any sin, play with any temptation, allow any worldly attitude or pursuit to find lodging in our hearts, and our seeking Him will stop. Always remember, we are seeking a God who is holy, holy, holy, and will only be known by those seeking to be holy, holy, holy.
Finally, we seek Him purposefully. Our God is a God of order and purpose. Every time we go to prayer; every time we open our Bible; every time we get in His presence, every time we go to church, take a moment, and meditate on who we are seeking to encounter – the one true and living God. Everything we do in the Christian life is to point us to Christ; to behold His glory, marvel over His Person, and enjoy His Presence. And that will occur when we seek Him with our whole heart – affectionately, diligently, consistently, uncompromisingly, and purposefully.
When you and I take the stand to seek God first – His kingdom and His righteousness – all things will be added to you. This is a divine exchange. (Matthew 6:33). He replaces the heaviness of a worldly yoke ladened with striving and surviving. In committing to a pursuit of God, He promises we will find:
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek. Psalm 27:8
What Does It Mean to Seek the Lord with All Your Heart?
Seeking the Lord means seeking his presence. You remember the story in Exodus, where Moses wants to see God’s Glory. Moses wanted to see God’s splendor, His power.
But hadn’t he already seen that? Up to this point, Moses had experienced supernatural physical manifestations of God’s presence in the miracles in Egypt, the burning bush, the pillar of cloud and fire in the wilderness, the thick smoke-filled cloud on Mount Sinai. He had engaged in intimate conversations with God in the Holy of Holies.
Now, Moses wanted more, so much more from God, and their intimate relationship and Moses’ increasing faith through those years gave him the courage to ask. He specifically asked to see God’s glory. Not just a physical manifestation of God’s presence like smoke and fire. Moses wanted a taste of the divine.
Moses was asking for Shekinah glory, the “dwelling glory,” of God. A presence that is life-transforming. He wanted the very presence of God to envelop him. To feel down to the marrow of his bones the glory of God. To look upon His grandeur, His goodness, His holiness, His divinity.
And as much as God wanted to grant Moses what he asked, He could not. His brilliance, His radiance is too much for human eyes. But our loving God found a way to give Moses a taste of what he asked. He hid Moses in the cleft of a rock, covered his face with His hand, and allowed Moses a glimpse of His glory. To see the backside of His glory. And although Moses did not get everything he asked, we must never forget that the very goodness of God passed by Moses! God proclaimed His Name and His Sovereignty in Moses’ presence.
What is so remarkable is God intended for us to experience that same glory in our midst. So, when the time was right, God sent His glory to earth in the form of His Son, Jesus. Jesus’ very name, Immanuel, means “God with us.”
And if that is not enough, Moses experienced the dwelling presence of God. But we, as the New Testament children of God, receive the “indwelling” presence of God. Jesus, in the form of God’s Holy Spirit, comes to live inside us!!
What God has given us is extraordinary! Let us pray as Moses prayed … “Show us Your glory, God. Show us Your glory.”
Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Jesus is the “radiance” of God’s glory. In Greek, this word means “a shining forth.” What is one way you have seen or have experienced Jesus as the radiance of God’s glory in your own life? Take time to praise Him and thank Him for that today.
Seeking God with your whole heart is a life transforming process and a journey into discovering a true intimacy with God.
Seeking God with Your Whole Heart also means that you must be willing to let things of your past go. In other words, “Let go and Let God” have your whole heart.
Seeking God with your whole heart, could be the past hurts (or the sin itself), letting go of some relationships that is keeping you from the will of God.
To seek God with your whole heart, you must be willing to give your life to him. You cannot come to him half stepping. You have to sale out to him. You must be willing to surrender to God completely. If you are willing to do this, you will find him.
But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1
What Does the Bible Say About Seeking God First?
The Bible is filled with verses of Scripture that call for us to seek God first, above all things. We should not seek to fill the void in our lives with things of this earth.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 NIV
God created the plan for our lives and the world. As such, we should always seek His counsel first.
But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the Lord.” 1 Kings 22:5 We should seek God now! Stop making excuses. Stop waiting for the ideal time.
Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone who sets their heart on seeking God—the Lord, the God of their ancestors—even if they are not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.”And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people. 2 Chronicles 30:18-20
The Bible says that those who seek God will find Him. He hears even the smallest cry!
The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. Psalm 14:2
The reality is that we should always seek God first. Instead of searching for God in the wrong places (our own interpretations of what we think or feel He should be or look like), we must truly seek Him and His glory.
How Do You Seek God with All Your Heart?
Finding that daily time to meet with Him that works can be challenging, but it is worthwhile. God wants us to seek Him because we love Him, adore Him, worship Him, and want to stay close to Him.
“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:12-13).
It is such a blessing to know God walks with us the whole way. He wants us to seek Him wholeheartedly and He has every intention of blessing us with finding Him. And Him knowing me, knowing everything about me, makes me want to seek Him more.
It is not just that God knows everything – He knows me.
· It is not just that God is everywhere – He is everywhere with me
· It is not just that God created everything – He created me.
STEPS TOWARD SEEKING GOD WITH ALL OUR HEARTS
- Knowing His Word.
One of the primary purposes of the Bible is to transform our lives, if not the greatest. When we know the Bible, we know how to seek God, even when circumstances are not favorable.
2. Set Aside at Least 10 Minutes at the Beginning and End of Your Day to Pray
By starting your day with prayer, you enter the presence of the Lord and receive God’s help to make it through your day. By ending your day with prayer, you put all your concerns before the Lord’s altar and can be sure that His presence will keep you through the night. Prayer is the most intimate piece of a Christian’s walk with the Lord. If you want to experience more intimacy with the Lord, spend more time seeking His presence through prayer.
The devil’s greatest concern is to keep Christians away from prayer.
He does not fear the studies, the work, or the religion of those who do not pray. He laughs at our toil, mocks our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.
The goal of prayer should never be to focus on people’s attention but the Lord’s approval. (Matthew 6: 5-6).
3. Expressing Gratitude to God
Psalm 100:4 teaches that when entering His presence, it should be with thanksgiving. How easy is it for God’s children to tell Him about all the things bothering us and to never thank Him? If you desire to enter His presence, you should give glory to the Lord through your gratitude for His blessings You cannot think of many things to be thankful for right now but start building the habit of seeking things for which to thank God.
4. Seek Him
Seek His wisdom in your life. In big things and in small things, seek Him. I will cling to the phrase, “What would Jesus do? If you are seeking Him for answers in your life, He will will hear and answer. His Word will not return void. You may not get the answers you want or receive them in your timing, but he will answer.
5. Listen to Him
This can be extremely hard because we tend to have our own agenda or plan. Sometimes it is hard to truly submit to God in different areas of our life. For example, if you hear Him telling you it is time to let go of something, it is time to move on. However, we tend to be prideful at times and think we have the best answer. Listen to Him and obey. Trust me, save yourself some heartache.
Here are additional Bible Verses About Seeking God with All Your Heart
1 Chronicles 16:10-11 – “Glory in His holy name, Let the hearts of these rejoice who seek the LORD! Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!”
2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 15:2-4 –” The LORD is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you. For a long time, Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law; but when in their trouble they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and sought Him, He was found by them.”
Ezra 8:22 – “The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him.”
Luke 11:9-10 – “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Psalm 9:9-10 – “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those
- Psalm 14:2 – “The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God.”
- Psalm 25:4-5 – “Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all day.”
- Psalm 27:8 – “When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.
- Psalm 69:32 – “The humble shall see this and be glad; And you who seek God, your hearts shall live.”
- Psalm 119:1-3 – “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways.”
- Proverbs 2:3-6 – “if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the LORD And find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
The Benefits of Seeking God
- Proverbs 28:5 – “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand all.”
- Lamentations 3:21-26 – “This I recall to my mind; Therefore, I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him! The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
- Zephaniah 2:3 –” Seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.”
When you commit to seek God’s will and not your own, and seek God with all your heart, then God will reveal His perfect will, plan, and purpose for your life. If you seek God’s guidance and wisdom and seek God with all your heart, then God will personally guide you and give you His far superior wisdom for any decision, need, or situation.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13) NIV
“Heavenly Father, you said in Your Word to seek You first and Your Kingdom and all these things will be added unto me. I want to know You more every day. I honor and praise You for You have given me life, and a life in You. Your Word will be the lamp unto my feet and light unto my pathway. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”