Hebrews 11:6 – “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” NKJV
Hebrews 11:6 – “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” NIV
How many times have we declared that we are those who are ‘Seekers of God’? I have, and some time back the Holy Spirit checked me and asked, “Are your seeking or earnestly seeking?” That took be by surprise for in my mind they were the same, but are they? Obviously, if we examine the reality we quickly understand that one can ‘SEEK’ something without fulfilling the description of ‘EARNESTLY SEEKING.’ The passage in our text reveals a number of things but the one that leaped off the page at me was the last portion, “a rewarder of those who DILIGENTLY or EARNESTLY seek Him.”
The word translated, ‘diligently’ or ‘earnestly’ means to ‘search out, investigate, crave, demand and by Hebraism worship.’ This is more than a casual looking for but a determined, diligent, earnest, and THIRSTING for God. Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” The image of ‘earnest seeking’ can be seen in Psalm 42:1 – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God.” The imagery presented in that of extreme thirst that without a refreshing and life giving drink death results. Therefore, if we are those who ‘earnestly seek God’ we are those who are so thirsty for Him that unless we find the Water of Life in Him through the Spirit we perish. This is the kind of pursuit that will not be deterred by anything or anyone. It is a matter of life or death.
The imagery is presented by our Lord in Luke 18 in the story of the widow and the judge. She refused to be denied and because of her persistence the judge granted her request. In her case, it was a matter of life or death and denial was not acceptable. She deemed her life without value or significance WITHOUT THE PROPER VERDICT from the judge. Is finding God’s will, direction, provision, and fellowship that important to us in our daily lives? Are we so desperately hungry and thirsty for God that we will be satisfied with nothing less than His presence? Are we committed and determined to ‘SEEK HIM’ until we find Him?
Remember the words of God to Jeremiah in Jeremiah 29:13-14 – “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” WITH ALL YOUR HEART, not casually looking when it is convenient and costs little. The Earnestly Seeking that I am referring to and which is required to FIND GOD and know that we know that we know is the kind of searching that is life or death. In Deuteronomy 4:29 – “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.”
Let me offer some Good News! God has does not intend it to be difficult for us to find Him. He is never far away, remember the words of David in Psalm 139:8 – “If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” God is desirous that we find Him. He has a will and were He to hide that will from us or make it so difficult to discover we would lose heart and quit. God wants us to know and do His will, therefore, He makes it easy for us to FIND HIM when we SEEK HIM with our WHOLE HEART or DILIGENTLY and EARNESTLY. I encourage everyone, including myself to determine in our hearts that finding God and coming into His presence is LIFE and DEATH.
God, bless you richly on this day after Christmas is my prayer. Let’s determine that we will EARNESTLY SEEK HIS FACE in all things and at all times!