By Marni Montanez
New King James Version
8. When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”
There is something very tender and heartwarming about an all-powerful God who is asking us, mere humans to seek His face. It's not like He's in need of us doing this, yet He pursues us with passion and desire for fellowship and, He still does not "lord it over" us as if we were His lowly servants. He calls us His children and friends.
Why is it that our God should have to ask us to seek His face? He is the one who gave us life and breath and blessed us abundantly. But He does ask us because that is His heart’s longing. What does it mean to seek His face? It means to spend time with Him. Not just time, but quality time where you are focused only on God. To seek God‘s face is fellowship with Him. He calls to your deepest places and longs for intimacy. God is a God of relationship.
Do you notice the obedience and desire in the heart of the one who answers this love call? He desires fellowship with the Lord as well and responds with urgency. Nothing will get in the way of their love for each other. There is no question as to what God is asking for. It is an open invitation from a Holy God and requires an answer that is full of expectancy. It should be exciting to seek God’s face and find out who He is. He gives us this choice so that we do not become puppets. Our desire for God must be sincere and passionate. There is nothing on this earth more important than seeking God’s face and wanting to know Him intimately. The Creator of the Universe created us to fellowship with Him. His love is simple; His request is simple………He is saying just be with Me that’s all.
Challenge: seek God’s face. Ask Him questions about who He is and develop in yourself a passion the desires to seek God’s face.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.