Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 3, 2014
Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ John 13:33 NASB
Our soul seeks a Savior, it longs for a Lord. Our soul (mind, will and emotions) deeply desires peace of mind, assurance of doing God’s will and the joy of being unconditionally loved. At creation God breathed life into man and made him a living soul (Genesis 2:7). Thus, we need an ongoing infusion of life from the author of life or we live life in vain. We seek Christ for comfort in our pain and for power to overcome sin, death and the devil. Our soul seeks eternal outcomes.
Jesus knew the fragile faith of His disciples, so He prepared them for His imminent cross and resurrection. They could not come to Jesus in the parenthesis between His death and rising from the grave. However, once Christ came alive their souls were made alive. The Holy Spirit filled them with hope and holy boldness. Even in the moment of the disciples’ denial, Jesus did not deny them. He knew deep in their souls they wanted to see Him again. Seeking souls find God.
“Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God” (1 Chronicles 22:19).
So, how can our souls seek out the things of God? One way is to understand His ways and obey. Like migratory birds moving south for a warmer winter, our saved souls instinctively gravitate toward the warmth of God’s love. If a soulless animal can expose itself to healthy environments, how much more should a human soul? The Holy Spirit is our spiritual sonar that desires to lead our every move. We set our coordinates on Christ and by faith we lock onto Him!
Have you sought the world’s stuff only to reach a disappointing destination? Indeed, we all seek something, but fulfillment is only found from faith in Jesus Christ. Seek God at church and enjoy His presence in praise and worship. Seek the Spirit in prayer–ask for wisdom and discernment and He will reveal the best course of action. Seek your heavenly Father and He will love and support you. Seek Christ for His resurrection power and He will embolden your obedience and grow your faith. Release your soul to seek the things of God and you will find Him faithful!
“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn” (Isaiah 51:1).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I seek you with my whole heart, with my submitted will and with my teachable mind. I want to know You.
Related Readings: Psalm 22:26, 40:16; Isaiah 55:6; Acts 15:16-18, 17:27; Hebrews 11:6
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