Seeking God’s Face 1

Psalm 27:4 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.

Deuteronomy 4:29 “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.

2 Chr 7:14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 12:14 He did evil because he did not set his heart to seek the LORD.

Psalm 9:10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

The state of Christianity in the modern world is hardly recognizable when one looks at it in light of Scripture and in the times when the Church was godly. Modern professing Christianity is run like a business, looks like a business, and appears to be little more than a business. Pastors are thought of as CEO’s and their so-called sermons are little more than encouragements to success in the world by means of God’s blessing or perhaps they make people feel good in their seeking after morality. In many ways the liberals and the modern evangelicals (so-called) can join hands in seeking after morality in forms of humanism. The “churches” prepare to get people in the door and then beat on the people to be more moral and give more money for building projects and missions projects. It is do and do and then do some more.

Are there any men of God left in our day? Are there pastors who can cry out as David did (in Psa 27:4) that their one desire is to dwell in the house of the Lord in order to behold the beauty of the Lord? Is this seen in the study? Is this seen in the teaching? Is this seen in the preaching? Where are those who long for their people to behold the beauty, glory, and delightfulness of God? Mere expositional preaching cannot do this, though one can do expositional preaching and strive to be a means of shining forth the beauty and glory of God. Mere doctrinal preaching cannot do this either, though doctrinal preaching can be a means to setting forth the beauty of God.

The teaching and preaching of the Bible, even though it may be orthodox, apart from seeking the face of God is nothing more than what the Pharisees did. When men stand up in the pulpit and preach the words of Scripture, yet they have not sought God in their studies and are not seeking God in preaching, they are doing evil. If a person is not seeking God while preaching, then that person is seeking something or someone else. When men stand in the pulpit and do not desire the people who hear them to seek the face of God and be in His presence, they are doing evil then as well.

When people are not seeking the face of God, that is, if we listen to the Scriptures above, then they are not seeking the Lord at all and will not find Him. When people are not seeking the face (presence) of God, they are not praying as they are told to pray. When people are not seeking the face of God and His presence, they do evil. When people are not seeking the face of God and His presence, they do not trust in the Lord. While it appears so many are concerned with evangelism, they seem to have forgotten what it means to love God and to seek His face. If that is true, and I would argue that it is, then evangelism is an idol that is put before seeking the Lord of glory. When people build buildings and do not seek the Lord with their whole hearts, then those buildings are an idol as well. Seeking the Lord is not doing things for Him, as if we could do anything for Him, but instead it is bowing to Him in emptiness and poverty of spirit asking for grace that we may behold Him in His glory. Where is that being done?

2 Responses to “Seeking God’s Face 1”

  1. Bill Says:

    I believe there are at least three reasons why pastors who use the “repeat the words of this prayer” in their evangelism and talk much of winning souls to Christ place this strong emphasis on evangelism. 1) They do it to receive glory for themselves; 2) They believe they will receive many rewards in heaven for “saving” so many souls; and 3) They do it to boost the church numbers so that they will get more money for their church. All of these motives are related to self and pride.

    • Richard Smith Says:

      Sadly enough, your words are quite accurate. Pride is seen when men seek themselves rather than Christ, which is really idolatry as it is the worship of self and seeking self rather than the worship of Christ. Pride is also seen in seeking the approval of man rather than the approval of God which is also a form of idolatry. Pride is seen in seeking men for the sake of self rather than the glory of God, which is again a preference for self and a love for self in matters of evangelism. In these things God judges men in their religion or form of “Christianity” by giving them “success” in the so-called ministry and yet turning them over to hearts full of pride.

      As the Pharisees sought the things of self in all that they did in religion and so had a monstrous pride, so men do the same thing in our day and are full of a monstrous pride. The Pharisees built tombs and white-washed them supposedly out of a respect for the prophets, but instead it was really for themselves. So men today build great buildings and name them after donors, but in reality it is all for self too. The heart of man has been given over to such pride today that men seem to really think that they are serving God when in fact they are doing nothing but what the devil wants them to do and works in them to do. We are in a great famine of the Word in our land and the people love it so.

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