Good morning, blood bought saints! Have you ever experienced a situation in your life where you were talking with a person, tensions arose in your conversation and the person says," talk to the hand" and they hold up their hand? There is something about talking to the hand which is like a slap in the face!
The Bible has many admonitions about God's people seeking His face. As you have probably heard this modern cliche,"seek God's face and not His hand." God has a face? What does He look like? Does He have wrinkles on His face? Is that why the Bible calls him the ANCIENT of days? Does God have laugh lines around his eyes? Does God have a furrowed brow?
When the Bible talks about seeking His face it is not about SEEING His face but SEEKING His face. The Word says," no man has seen the Father at any time... For the Father is enveloped in unapproachable Light."
So, what does Bible mean when it says" seek my face?" In Psalms 27:8 King David writes," When you said,"seek my face, My heart said to you," your face, Lord, I will seek." The Psalmist David knew that seeking the face of God will bring, direction for one's life.
For example, in 1Sam.30:8 David was in a very dificult situation. He had been living in Philistines country for approximately 16 months while King Saul was earnestly seeking to kill him. The Philistines did not want David to go with them to war against King Saul lest David fight against the Philistines if the war took a turn for the worst against them. The Philistines sent David and his men back to Ziklag where David was living. When they finally reached Ziklag they found that the Amelekites had attacked and burned Ziklag and took all the women and children. David and his men " lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no power to weep."(v4) His men talked of stoning David because they were so grief sticken.
This was the key as to why David was known as a man after God's heart. In verse 6 it reads,"But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God." With all the gut wrenching mourning of the families being taken, the talk of his men stoning him that very day, the exhaustion of just walking 3 days from the Philistines camp and then having the strength to pursue the Amelekites to retrieve their families...
There was only thing that this man, who knew his God could do .... Inquire of the Lord! Seek His face! The Lord did answer him and gave David a great victory over the Amelekites. David and his men got reunited with their families as well as great spoils!
Let me ask you a question, Are you in a place with the Lord that seems there is no direction for your life? Do you yearn for the days of yesteryear where revival was seemingly so tangible, His presence so real, the peace of God that comforted your heart and mind so overwhelmingly, that this earthly life was no match for His presence?
This is the good news of the Gospel. 1Cor.10:6 says "the OT was written for our examples as to how to live in this life". David the Psalmist poured his heart out in the Book of Psalms,, his disappointments, his love for his Lord, his rejoicing over the defeat of his enemies etc.
It begins with a rekindled vision of who God really is in our lives. Does He have all of our lives, our desires, our wills, our strengths. David forsook himself that day at Ziklag and sought and inquired of the Lord. He received God's vision as to what to do in that situation and how to implement God's plan.
Seeking God's face will rekindle God's vision for our lives. It begins with Thanksgiving and praise for WHO He is, WHAT He has done and will do in our lives, WHERE we are going when this life is completed!
Hear the heart of the Apostle Paul, "Rejoice always, Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS FOR YOU.
Do not quench the Spirit
Do not despise prophesies
Test all things, hold fast what is good.
Abstain from every form of evil.
Now may the God of peace set you apart completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
HE WHO CALLS YOU IS FAITHFUL, WHO ALSO WILL DO IT.
The late Keith Green sang a song once and the words of the song went like this,
" When I hear the praises start, my child
I will reign upon you, blessings that will
fill your heart, my child, for you are my child
And I love you...."
Let us seek His face today and praise His Holy name, He is waiting to hear your voice!
In Him, Brian Greving