A desire to seek God’s Face

Psalms 27:8

One of the great laws of God in life is for us to seek his face “Seek ye my face”

The miner must dig for precious ore. The fisherman launch out into the deep, and let down his nets for a draught “For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Mt.7:8).

The farmer must plough and sow and have patience, If he is to reap.

Today, men have sought as never before, yet in the midst of all his discoveries, with the keen eyes failed to find God ”And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (Jer.29:13).

What is meant by seeking God’s face? To seek the favor of the Lord. Let us seek his pardoning mercy, the smile of his approval, assurance of his loving-kindness, and the happy, peaceful sense of his presence and care “His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (25:23).

There is a notion in many minds that because God is love, he must love all alike, as he dispenses rain and sunshine to all alike-good and bad, lovely and hateful, and because he is just, he must treat all alike.

Such views can be upheld neither from the Scripture nor from common sense “And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.” Ex.33:19).

Justice lies not in treating all alike, but in treating each according to his character and conduct “Who will render to every man according to his deeds:“ (Rom.2:6).

Love that can see no faults is as bind as hate that can see no goodness. “Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” (Jh.5:14).

To suppose that God has no more approval and love for a Christian mother training her child to love him, or a Christian martyr dying as a martyr, than for a seducer, a thief, an assassin, is to deny God’s moral character “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;” (!.Pt.1:15).

The reward of God’s favor is his promise “ that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Rom.8:28)(8).

God’s universal love is shown in the provision whereby each sinner may seek and receive his favor “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” (Rom.5:1,11).

Let us seek to know God. When we look into one anther’s faces, we read the soul. Smiles and facial expression and tears, the flash of anger or pleasure, the softening of tender feeling, speaking a language which all may read.

In his fulness, any such direct knowledge of God is impossible for us “And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.”(Ex.33:18,19).

But Jesus is to us as the Face of God “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ “ (II.Cor.4:6) and (Jh.1:18) stated “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

God’s character is revealed, while the Divine Glory is veiled and softened to suit our human weakness (Jh.14:9) Declares “Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” (Jh.14:9).

The whole gospel hinges on this. God’s universal love is shown in the provision whereby each sinner may seek and receive his favour “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Romans 5:1,2,10,11).

How is this command to be obeyed? By prayer. We must look to the temple with its twofold service of sacrifice and praise “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Mt.:6,6).

By the study of God’s Word. The whole Bible is the record of God’s continuous revelation of himself, partly in words, declaration, laws, prediction, promises, partly in his dealings with, nations, individuals, with his church, completely and most gloriously in Christ Jesus, his Person, teaching, atoning death, resurrection, and his enthronement in glory “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev.1:8).

If we would gain the knowledge spoken of in (II.Pt.3:18) “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” we must observe the condition in (Col.3:16) “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” They that seek shall find “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (Jer.29:13). 3/25/2018

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