Seeking Gods Face 11

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.

Why do people do evil? Why do people do evil at all and why do people do any particular evil? According to II Chronicles 12:14, given just above, people do evil because they do not set their hearts to seek the LORD. It is not because people have not received the best education and it is not because people have not studied different theories of ethics. Instead, it is because they have not set their hearts to seek the LORD. II Chronicles 12:14 is speaking of Rehoboam, the king of Israel, who was the son of Solomon. When he grew strong as King, he did not seek the LORD and the people did not seek the LORD either.

What was the real issue with Rehoboam? While one can point at many things, the reason that the Scriptures give us is that “he did evil because he did not set his heart to seek the LORD.” When we think on these things, it is clear that people who are doing evil are not seeking the Lord either. When people are seeking the Lord or have set their hearts to seek the Lord, they are focused on Him rather than on sin. People cannot seek sin if their hearts are set on seeking the Lord. This text and the story of Rehoboam does give us intriguing insights into the nature of sin and of how hearts are hardened into selfishness, pride, and the pursuit of sin. It also teaches us of how vital it is to set out hearts on seeking the Lord.

1 Timothy 6:11 But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.

2 Timothy 2:22 Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

According to Paul, we are to flee sin by pursuing righteousness, love, faith, and gentleness. The idea, then, is that no one is ever static in what s/he is doing, but instead one is either pursuing the Lord or one is not fleeing sin. The heart will always be set on something and it will always desire something, so when it is not set on the Lord and the Lord is not the chief love and desire of that heart, it will naturally gravitate toward sin. We are told that one definition of sin is to fall short of the glory of God, which teaches us that we must be set on seeking the Lord and His glory. If our hearts are not aimed at glorifying God, then they are not seeking Him either.

Each person must set his heart on seeking the Lord as a way of fleeing sin, but it is also true that professing churches must learn to do this corporately. From the five texts at the top of this page, we can see that one cannot live as a Christian or worship or pray unless one is seeking the face/presence of God. It would also be true of professing churches that if they have not set their hearts on seeking the face and presence of the Lord then they are going to commit evil as well. It is an evil thing to seek other things than the Lord if we are doing to have “church services” while using His name. Whether in public or corporate worship or in private worship, it is not an option. We either seek the Lord or we will be doing evil. As the nation of Israel shows us, it is possible to go through the motions of doing the rituals and yet not seek the Lord. As they also show us, the longer they do that the more they were blinded and the deeper they went into sin. It is the same today. We must set our hearts on seeking the Lord.

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