Monday, October 23, 2023
Who Do You Seek?
Who Do You Seek?
by David Brenneman
Was reading in the final chapters of the book of Joshua...the charge presented to the children of Israel as well as the firm warning of the Lord Jesus. The proof beyond measure that in every way, every promise, the Lord kept everything to His chosen people.
Was reminded recently concerning some of the things that they were told to do in taking the Promised land. Killing every single human being, regardless of age. Some considered such orders barbaric. But these were the commands of God. What purpose would killing even children?
God, in His infinite wisdom, shows over and over again what a single individual left from a race can do in the other stories of the Bible. Joash was hidden until he was old enough to reign as King. Moses was hidden until he could be old enough for the work of the Lord concerning Israel's children. Hezekiah's son brought on some of the harshest judgments by the Lord Jesus because of Hezekiah wanted not to die, or more importantly, his not wanting to accept the plan of God for his life.
We do not realize the power of the right person at the right time in human history.
Interestingly enough, Satan does.
Why do you think that Satan is the biggest proponent of abortion? Why do you think he is the biggest proponent of tempting Believers into idle lives? Of getting Believers to justify their idolatry and waste valuable time, energy and money on useless things?
If it weren't for individuals being at the right place and the right time, we wouldn't have had Paul, or Timothy, or Peter, or Billy Graham, D.L. Moody, or Charles Spurgeon, C.S. Lewis.
People who were seeking God, who wanted for their lives what God wanted for their lives to reach others for Christ.
We, in not just the western world, but all over, use culture, use ideologies, use peer pressure, to justify our choices in allowing what the Bible explicitly says is idolatry.
We set up idols in our physical world as well as our virtual world. We believe the world's definition of what constitutes worship and disregard what the Bible says is worship concerning idols.
We have more opportunities to approach the Throne of God than at any time in human history yet we don't.
We could very well be one of the next Billy Graham's, the next C.S. Lewis, the next Charles Spurgeon or even the next Charles Stanley.
Do you seek the same things that the Spirit desires for you to be seeking in this life? We so erroneously put so much value in our perception of self and of how others view us, more concerned of how we will be seen rather than how we're seen by God.
All that the world seeks and wars to own...is worthless. All that God says is important is the only thing that's of true value. Who cares about fantasy, of sports, of political figures, of this possession or that...in light of eternity...what we truly value in our brief spot in history should align with what God says is of value.
Nothing at all that the world values will survive the test of fire given to our lives when we stand before Jesus to give an account of our lives.
Do you seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, or do you seek your own?
We can approach the Throne of Jesus in prayer, anytime, and in any place. Is this of least or most importance to you?
Joshua made that now most famous statement and challenge to the children of Israel.
"But if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served, which were beyond the Euphrates River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15.
The words of Jesus...Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and spirit. How much? All of it. The leftovers from doing your own life first? Uh no.
After you get your life in order first? No again.
When you are thinking about your day today...find a way, a reason, to seek first His kingdom...and make it stick. Tomorrow...be intentional on doing that again.
Be brutally honest with you and boldly ask the Spirit to show you what must leave your life in order to be who God wants you to be.
Who do you seek? If seeking God first bothers you...then...my Dear Reader...you have discovered your most significant problem.
All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.