"SEEKING GOD'S FACE"(Conclusion)
"When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee,Thy face,Lord, will I seek"-Psalms 27-8
Seeking God's face is a most rewarding experience. According to the writer of Hebrews, "he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him"-11:6. Diligence is the key. That means that there is a craving for God's presence which sets the soul to searching. In every pursuit, diligence has its rewards. Athletes who are diligent in their training are the ones who excel; students who are diligent in their studies become high achievers; businessmen that are diligent in the workplace are most successful; and those that diligently seek God's face are those who enjoy His presence the most. That, I believe, is the greatest reward we could hope for: to find Him; To feel His presence; enjoy His favor; and experience the blessings that accompany His fellowship. Let us consider some of the reward's that every diligent seeker may expect, but first, let us consider some challenges we may encounter as we are found "Seeking God's face".
CHALLENGES IN SEEKING
Did you know? God will challenge every seeker? He will give us something to do that is above and beyond our natural ability. But He will also give us the grace to perform the task. If you will map the journeys of every God seeker in Hebrews 11 you will find this to be true. From Abel who offered, to Moses who denied, the challenge was there. It seems that God is saying, "If you want my fellowship, if you want my time, give me yours. Obey my desires, rise above the level of mediocrity, show the world that My people are different. Then you will have my face." Yes, seeking God's face is an uncomfortable experience. It is radical behavior. God challenges every seeker to step out of the comfort zone of life and follow His direction. Then, and only then, will we find His face.
Noah's challenge was great. He was to build a massive ark that would survive the greatest storm this world has seen. Surely, that was above his natural ability. Radical to the world. I am certain that it was an uncomfortable experience. But God gave him the grace to accomplish the feat. It took Noah about 120 years to build that big boat. I am sure that every day tongues were wagging about the nut down the street that was building a gigantic boat in his back yard that probably wouldn't float even if he could get it to the lake. Noah just kept on seeking God's face. Board by board, nail by nail, day by day, Noah's diligence ushered great rewards into his life. God was with him all the way. Time well spent!
Abraham's challenges were great. He was called to leave his friends and family and go to a land unseen; father a child at an ancient age; and then offer the beloved child as a burnt sacrifice unto God. What grace he needed for such trials! As we map his life, we find him constantly in the posture of seeking. He would go a little way, stop, build an altar, offer his sacrifice and pray to God. That is where he found his strength: in God's face. He was Abraham, the altar builder, the God seeker. Have you built your altar today? Seek His face while He may be found!
WHAT WE HAVE WHEN WE FIND HIS FACE
Many are the blessings enjoyed by diligent seekers. As we have noticed, the greatest reward for those that seek is to find what they are seeking. What could be better than to find God. And when He is found, His matchless presence will afford treasures that this world will never offer. Among these we will find peace; prosperity; power and purpose.
Consider Noah and Abraham. Though their trials were long, great peace was enjoyed in their challenges. They had fellowship with the Prince of Peace. They were equally prosperous: their soul prospered. That is the greatest level of prosperity. Though Gaius was in poor health, his soul prospered( 3 John 2). Abraham was called the friend of God. What wealth! They were men of great power. Their life had force. God gave them special anointings to carry out His bidding. Finally, they were men of purpose. Their life had meaning and direction. All of these blessings, and many more, may be enjoyed as we are found seeking the face of God. I hope you find Him today!
Come and worship with us at Harmony Primitive Baptist Church, in Donaldson, where God is sovereign, and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Visit our web page at www.primitivebaptist.org/donaldson/ Singing begins at 10:30 each Sunday morning followed by preaching at 11:00.
By His mercy and grace,
Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor