The Importance of Seeking God
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
A stronghold in times of trouble.
And those who know your name put their trust in you,
For you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:9-10
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. Acts 17:11-12
David knew suffering and difficulties throughout his life, but he also had learned to count on God no matter what came his way. He knew how to take refuge in God (Psalm 7:1). He knew that God would never abandon him or anyone else who was seeking Him. God was his rock and stronghold no matter whether circumstances were good or bad.
As Paul, Silas, and Timothy continued on their missionary journey through the towns of Asia Minor, they preached about Jesus to the Jews and those Gentiles who adhered to Judaism. The response was mixed, not everyone believed and some became hostile, but they saw faith everywhere they went, too. The Jews in Berea who heard Paul were especially diligent in studying the Scriptures to see if what Paul was telling them was really true. These were people who, no doubt, had been seeking God in His word. God would not forsake them and He sent them none other than the Apostle Paul to proclaim to them the truth of Christ.
Think about it
How does your daily life reflect a seeking after God? Are you dependent on success in your activities and business in order to remain confident in the Lord or are you spiritually stable no matter what storm you are in? Seek the Lord through His word and prayer. Be alert to His providence in your circumstances. Let Him be your stronghold. This was the way of David, the Bereans, Paul, Silas, and Timothy. Seek Him for He will never forsake those who seek Him.
© 2017 John A Carroll Used by permission