James Lindquist Books

James Lindquist Books

SEEKING GOD

"In The Wilderness"

Chapter One | Chapter Two | Chapter Three

As God exhorted Solomon after his prayer of dedication to the temple, He is now exhorting us today as we dedicate our own temple [1] to Him. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land [2]. Seeking Godís face is all about developing an intimate relationship with Him.

ďCan we have an intimate relationship with an infinite God?Ē That was my question while growing up because the church seemed to preach a limited one-way affiliation, God taking care of us. Oh we were to love and serve God all right, but a relationship, címon. Therefore, I went through life loving God but treating Him like my holy butler—save me, heal me, deliver me, prosper me, and give me.

Fifty-six years ago, I sat in the basement of a little Baptist Church asking the Lord into my heart. Although the years have stolen the pastorís name from my memory, I can still see him sitting on a wooden chair in front of me, leading me in the sinnerís prayer.

I attended his church regularly, which was only two blocks from where I lived. I loved Jesus even then. I was 10 years old at the time and went to Sunday school, church service, and craft night on Wednesday evenings. My family thought I was going to be a pastor.

I remember the folks bringing me home one night and we stopped at the end of the block to wait for traffic. I pointed at the corner and yelled, ďLook…thereís Jesus!Ē Mom wouldnít let me go anywhere for the longest time. That scared my parents because their belief was that Jesus had come to take me home. Not only did I call out to God that night but Christ had also revealed Himself to me, and at an early age.

A few years later, I started high school. My peers and the world got a hold of me and things changed, not only in the natural, but spiritually. I forgot about God and stopped going to church. I was old enough to understand a few things now and I wasnít that innocent little kid anymore.

I ended up in the hog pen and stayed there for forty years. (Why does that number sound so familiar to me?) I too wandered in the wilderness for 40 years as Moses and the Israelites did 6000 years ago. I still loved Jesus but my fruit wasnít bearing witness to that fact.

We all have issues. Me…I hated to fail…at anything. Although Iíve done some good things in my life, Iíd always perceived myself as having fallen short, either in deed or in measure, probably stemming from a strict earthly father. Iíd started out loving God and had ended up drifting from Him.

Why should I get into Christianity if I was going to fail at it [3]? It didnít make any sense to me. This wasnít just a friend, sibling, or parent that Iíd let down. This was God, the Creator of the universe. I struggled with this for a long time. Then I realized that it was all a lie straight from the pit of Hell. Yes, we all miss the mark, but He forgives us and as long as we get back up, we succeed. Itís when we do not get back up…that we fail.

Not only did I feel that I Let down God but I felt that I let down my wife of 42 years.

About nineteen years ago I divorced. My sister invited me to church and I decided that I wasnít going to sit around and mope. Instead of hitting the bars, drinking, and feeling sorry for myself, I went to church with her.

I began going to church again in January of 1991. In February of the same year, I rededicated myself to Jesus Christ, and He baptized me in the Holy Spirit with fire in the process. I was back in the fold.

This brings me back to 2 Chronicles 7:14. As I pondered this Scripture, the Lord began to encourage me to set my affections and thoughts toward Him, to seek Him more diligently, and not worry about the things here on Earth [4]. The Holy Spirit impressed on my heart seven words: seek, will, hands, face, heart, purpose, and prayer. During the seven months it took to put this small book together, the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance stories and Scriptures, and gave me subtitles for these seven words.

I feel compelled to share with you what He told me about looking toward Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith [5]. I pray that God will stir in you what He wants you to take from this series and apply to your life. He may even spark something new in you that you hadnít thought of before or even read here [6].

May the Lord God richly bless you as you and I seek His face so that He might hear from heaven and heal our land. You are a treasure to God and He loves you so much He died for you. He has called you [7] and wants an intimate relationship with you. We are His people and called by His name…Christian.

Now I continue to fail [8] but I give thanks to God that he has not allowed me to perish in my sins [9] that by His grace I will be with Him in glory.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are an unsaved person who is either interested in Christianity or intrigued about salvation and securing your eternity with God, please see Chapter Nine to learn how you can come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and receive Him into your life and heart.

However, if you have already, at one time or the other, accepted Christ and would like to rededicate your life to Him, please go to the same Chapter Nine for a simple prayer of rededication. May God bless you as you both start or continue in your journeys.


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