In the message, we are often told and encouraged to "place questions on the shelf" and "wait upon the Lord" for the answer to our doubts and questions. As a result, many in the message NEVER seek out answers to their questions if they cannot be found easily and effortlessly.
The problem with this advice is that it ignores a large portion of Scripture that urges us to seek after God diligently and desire a deeper understanding and relationship daily. If the Bible is God's Word to us, shouldn't we be committed to understanding it? Shouldn't we study with fervency to determine what it is God is telling us? Why would we EVER settle for uncertainty when we have been given a promise--"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and the door shall be opened?"
It is true that sometimes we must wait. Sometimes, patience is necessary, and we must wait on God's timing for answers to our questions. Sometimes, answers are difficult, and following the Lord takes us on winding and difficult paths. But, that does not excuse us from actively seeking of God daily.
What does seeking look like?
--Searching the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Acts 17:11, 2 Peter 3:16)
--Active Prayer (Philippians 4:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1 Timothy 2:1-4, Jeremiah 33:3)
--Repentance of Sins (2 Chronicles 7:14, Acts 17:30, James 4:8-10)
--Allowing the Movement and Leadership of the Holy Spirit (John 16:12-15, Romans 8:26, Isaiah 11:2, 1 Corinthians 2:13)
--Acknowledge the Testimony of Creation (Job 12:7-10, Psalm 145:5, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Romans 1:19-20, Matthew 6:28-30, Psalm 8:3-4)
--Actively Love Others (1 John 4:7-8, 1 John 4:19-21, Matthew 5:43-48, Micah 6:8, Romans 13:9)
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
â€œAsk, 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 the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!"
You have said, â€œSeek my face.â€ My heart says to you, â€œYour face, Lord, do I seek.â€
â€œBlessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.