In today’s sophisticated world, seeking God’s face seems like an old fashion kind of thing. However, it seems like the more advanced we get, the emptier and more frustrated we feel. We have microwaves, cars (thank God), online banking, online shopping, and so many conveniences but yet it appears like we have more problems. There are lots of courses on effective leadership and decision making skills.
However, is there a component in these courses about seeking God’s face?
Have we forgotten how to seek God’s face?
Do we know what is seeking God’s face? Or is it that we have become too dependent on self, or is it that we are lacking faith?
The thought of inquiring from one who knows everything, and loves us more than we love ourselves should be compelling reasons for seeking the face of God. Not only is he all knowing and loves us but He is capable of intervening in the situations of our lives.
One thing is certain; if we live long enough we will encounter storms and trials in life. A broken marriage, a business deal gone sour, a wrong career choice, an unprofitable investment or a misinformed decision are all examples of some of the disastrous events that we can face. It seems like we only seek God as a last resort or after the decision is already made. God wants a real and active relationship in our lives, where He is involved in every major or even minor decision we make. The Bible declares:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:5-7
Trust is such a powerful word; it means that we place our full confidence in God and His ability.
Unfortunately, we tend to believe our reasoning and our thoughts are good enough to act on; only to realize our danger when it is too late.
Before I make a major decision I “normally” go to God in prayer and submit the situation to him. “Father, you open doors that no man can close and you close doors that no man can open. Father, if this is not of you close the door but if it is your will swing it wide open. I give you full authority to impose your will in this situation. I submit everything to you. Have your way even if it is not what I want.”
I would normally pray something like that and continue in prayer and dependence on the leading of the Holy Spirit and God. Somehow, in some way, God always makes His will known. I would encourage you to wait for God’s sign-off before you act in your life. If a decision is very important and you still can’t seem to know God’s will, I suggest you wait until He makes His will known. I can tell you God wants to be involved even more than we want Him to. I’ve had many foolish ideas that God closed the door on, preventing me from experiencing loss and chaos.
The time and effort spent in seeking God’s face will bring invaluable results.
Eventually, seeking God’s face will be a matter of friendship and love, where we say “Daddy, I would like to do this, I just want to check with you to see if it is okay.”
Occasionally, people seek God and say He didn’t answer them – sometimes what they mean is that God didn’t tell them what they wanted to hear.
We can come to God and try to force Him to give us what we desire. Seeking God’s face is about submission and humility. We come to our Heavenly Father to ask Him for His opinion, will and desire in a particular situation and we are willing to say, “Yes Lord, I will do Your will!” We can’t come to God and try to twist His hand to tell us what we want to hear.
A person could be in a relationship that they know is not of God but they are praying for years asking God’s will. Although God has made it clear to them He doesn’t approve, they are still asking Him and going for prayer and talking to their pastor. In this situation, we are really trying to get God to give us what we want – and sometimes to test our hearts and willingness to obey Him, He tells us to go ahead with something that we should know is wrong.
Let us look at this exact situation with Balaam in the Word of God:
And God came to Balaam at night and said to him, “If the men come to call you, rise and go with them; but only the word which I speak to you—that you shall do.” So Balaam rose in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went with the princes of Moab. Then God’s anger was aroused because he went, and the Angel of the LORD took His stand in the way as an adversary against him. And he was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. Numbers 22:20-2
It seems strange that God should tell him to go and then be angry with him for going. It is like a child who comes to His daddy and keeps begging to go somewhere that he knows his dad doesn’t approve of. He continues asking and asking until his father says, “Go”. When he goes his father is angry because he would expect his son to know that would displease him. It is all about relationship and love.
Truly seeking God’s face is a secret key to success in the life of a believer.
It is such a joy to know that you have heard from God and are doing something in God’s will. Knowing that it is God’s will gives you courage and confidence to face any obstacle. Success is guaranteed when we are acting on God’s Word. God has spoken; who can stand before us? God has spoken; we are victorious! As you seek God’s face, you will enjoy it and fall more in love with God. You will discover that the answer you are looking for has always been Him and God will reveal Himself to you in a greater measure. You will worship God shouting, “You are my Joy; You are my Peace; You are my Provision!” Seeking God’s face, what a privilege! It is all about knowing Him!
God will answer you; He has a strange way of making things clear until you know, that you know, that you know He has spoken. The very fact that you are seeking Him, pleases Him and He will answer.
Here are some simple things that you can do that will help:
- Spend time reading the Word of God
- Fast if you can – it will make you more sensitive to the Holy Spirit
- Spend more time in worship and prayer
- Pray in the Spirit
- Look for the answer, look for God designed moments – He has His own strange ways of revealing things to us. It could be a dream, a vision, a strange phone call or an unexpected event, but He will speak!
- Even when silent, God is saying something – He may be saying to seek Him more or wait
- Ask God for confirmation of the answer
- Lastly, we close with three precious promises from God’s word. We pray that you will have victory in your situation and that it will be used to bring you into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. May God richly bless you.
Isaiah 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
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