Seeking Gods Face 6

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.

Exodus 33:18 Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory”

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.

We go on living basic lives seeking comfort and pleasure and thinking that “church” should help us in that. We go on studying our Bibles and having time of prayer, yet we don’t really seek God in our studies or our prayers. Our efforts, in appears to me, is to get God to do things for us. Our focus is on ourselves and our lives rather than on God and His glory. Rather than our lives being a seeking after what Moses prayed for, “show me Your glory,” our lives are a constant prayer of show me what stuff I can obtain and what creature comforts I may have.

This may sound like a cold and calloused judgment upon the modern “Church” and the things that have to do with that, and indeed it may be, but where is God in the modern “Church”? Is God being sought for who He is and out of love for Him and His glory or do we want Him in order to obtain things or perhaps comfort? Where are the panting hearts crying out for God to show His glory? Where are the panting hearts who come to a meeting of a local church that they may find God? Where are the panting hearts who long for His presence just because they long to behold Him in His glory beauty?

It seems to be the case that despite a renewal in interest in orthodox creeds, there has not been a renewal in the seeking of the presence of God in the churches. The interest in having orthodox creeds seems to go alone with various views of Sacramentalism, iron-fisted eldership, and too much of a focus on liturgy. It seems as if people believe that as long as a church has an orthodox creed, the sacraments, and a basic morality that is all that is needed. But one can have all of those things and not have the living God. Jonathan Edwards said that there is nothing that the believer can do that the unbeliever cannot do except have true love. Whether or not that is absolutely true, it does have a powerful point. An unbeliever can be a faithful member of a “church” and not be converted. An unbeliever can be a relatively faithful minister (in a sense) and still be unconverted. An unbeliever can come to “church”, sing the orthodox songs, pray orthodox prayers, listen to orthodox sermons, give orthodox tithes and still march to hell past an orthodox pulpit. Where is the living God in our “churches” today?

We are told in the Scriptures (one of them being above) that we can only seek and find God if we search for Him with all of our hearts and souls. Is this really being done today? It seems that we are so satisfied with our busy and comfortable lives that we don’t need God (we think) and so settle for an orthodox and comfortable church. As has been noted before in other contexts, we cannot read the Bible in truth without it insulting us. True preaching will poke and prod until we see what vile miscreants we are and how badly we must have grace to save our wicked souls. We cannot truly seek God and find God when we are casual about what we do at “church” or anywhere else. If we are not truly seeking God with our whole hearts and souls (not perfectly), we are seeking something else as our chief love and end. If we are “doing church” (so to speak) in a casual manner and going through the rituals (even if orthodox) yet our desire is not for God, then our worship is as hateful to God as the rituals of the Old Testament Israelites were to Him when their hearts were not involved in their external rituals. Do we really want to see the glory of God or will we be satisfied with a moral and economic reformation of sorts without Him in reality?

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