Matthew 7:7b, NLT
“Keep on seeking, and you will find.”
—Matthew 7:7b, NLT
From our childhood games of hide-and-seek, we know that seeking is not a passive activity. We explore different areas, searching all around for our playmates. In the same way, certain actions help us seek God. Prayer, reading the Bible, and fellowship with other believers are three practices that help us seek to know God better and love Him more.
We seek God by praying to Him. We echo the prayer of David in Psalm 25: “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” (25:4–5). Daily prayer helps us to align our hearts, minds, and actions with God. It helps us submit our daily agendas to Him.
We seek the Lord by reading the Scriptures. In His Word He has given us a lamp for our feet and a light for our path (Psalm 119:105). The Holy Spirit uses God’s Word to help us “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior” (2 Peter 3:18). The Lord’s promise in Jeremiah echoes our Matthew passage: “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD” (29:13–14a).
We also seek God with other believers in community. Fellowship with other believers takes place through corporate worship, as well as in more intimate settings such as Life Groups and Bible studies. In community, we not only grow in our knowledge of God through the teachings we receive but meeting together also gives us the opportunity to see God’s greatness as He works in the lives of those around us. Fellowship with others helps us move out of our self-focused world to see the needs of others and encourage them. The writer of Hebrews tells us to “encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (3:13).
Questions for reflection and discussion: Which ways of seeking God come most naturally during this season of your life? How can you focus on the practices you struggle with and renew your commitment to seeking God today?
This week's devotions were written by Beatrice Schoenrock. Beatrice attends Wheaton Bible Church with her husband, Luke. Beatrice has worked at Christianity Today and the Wade Center at Wheaton College. These days she spends most of her time wrangling their two energetic toddlers.