Seek the Lord and His strength; yearn for and seek His face and to be in His presence continually! (1 Chronicles 16:11 AMP)
This is one of my most favorite things to do—seeking the presence of the Lord. In times of trouble, if you continue to dwell on the problem, the problem just gets bigger. Your moods are affected, your attitude is affected, and if you’re not careful, your faith can be negatively affected as well. You will start to act in doubt and unbelief instead of keeping your eyes on the Problem Solver. On the other hand, when you dwell in the presence of the Lord, you lose sight of your issues, your faith grows stronger, and your moods are revived. You will have such a confidence that everything will be okay and you will feel stronger to be able to face whatever comes your way.
I love the Amplified Bible’s emphasis on God’s Word because it emphasizes what it really means to “seek” the Lord. To seek the Lord means to “inquire for” and “require as a vital necessity.” When something is a necessity, it means that you absolutely have to have it and you cannot live without it. This is how we should be seeking the presence of the Lord. When you realize how much God’s presence means to you, then you will act like you can’t live without it and you can’t do anything without Him. This is how serious seeking God will become to you. You seek Him more than you seek anything else and you crave being in His presence. If you want something bad enough, you know how to seek ways to get it. If you can emphatically seek material things, how much more do you need to vigorously seek the One who created you, loves you, and takes care of you?
I can tell you when you have trouble, hanging out with God is much more comforting than staring at the problem. When you seek God, He’ll guide you, comfort you, correct you, teach you, love on you, and strengthen you. You’ll find peace and joy in Him. You will also find strength (see Nehemiah 8:10); and if it’s one thing you need in the midst of a trial is joy and strength. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus even says to come and hang out with Him. What a beautiful invitation! The Creator of all things invites you personally to come into His presence. Jesus calls you His “friend” (see John 15:15) and wants to hang out with you! People hang out with friends all the time, so why not give God the same opportunity to hang out with Him and enjoy His company.
God loves you but He won’t force Himself on you. The invitation is already out there for you to be one with Him, so now it’s up to you to make a decision. If you never make any other decision in your life make sure you decide definitely on these two things: accepting Jesus as Lord, and living continually in His presence. You won’t be sorry for either decision and your life will be 100 times better. Even in the midst of trials you will have joy and peace because you know that you have God’s presence with you and He is your hiding place (see Psalms 32:7). There’s no better place to hide than in the shadow of the Almighty.
Meditation Scripture (s):
- I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me. (Proverbs 8:17 AMP)
- But if from there you will seek (inquire for and require as necessity) the Lord your God, you will find Him if you [truly] seek Him with all your heart [and mind] and soul and life. (Deuteronomy 4:29 AMP)
- Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13 AMP)
- Seek, inquire for, and require the Lord while He may be found [claiming Him by necessity and by right]; call upon Him while He is near. (Isaiah 55:6 AMP)
- One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple. (Psalms 27:4 AMP)
*Note: My hope and prayer is that after you read this and meditate on the scriptures that you will get such a revelation that will spark further study on your own. The Bible has so much more to say that what I’ve included. There’s nothing better than studying the Word of God for yourself*