SEEKING GOD


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Chapter One
In the Wilderness
Chapter Two
God's Presence
Chapter Three
God's Will

Chapter Four
God's Hands

Chapter Five
God's Face
Chapter Six
God's Heart
Chapter Seven
God's Purpose
Chapter Eight
Through Prayer
Chapter Nine
God's Salvation
Chapter Ten
Through Gifts

 

Chapter Four

Seeking God's Hands

"God's Provision"

Not long ago, I went to the beach for some much-needed R&R. I checked into the Proposal Rock Inn at Neskowin, Oregon, unpacked, and immediately headed for the wet hard sand. As I stood there in awe overlooking the ocean, the tide slowly but surely encroached on the land, devouring it inch by inch only to recede, leaving the shoreline impeccable once again, as though it had never been disturbed.

For centuries, the sea has drawn many men to her bosom, beckoning them to “Come…come to me.” How many dreamers have stood on her shores and asked, “I wonder what lies beyond the horizon.” Only the brave have dared to leave the comfort and safety of land to see what lay ahead, perhaps even beyond the grasp of civilization.

I was there to rest, to be alone with God, to refresh spiritually, and to write; no housework, no TV, no stereo, and no computer…just God. I don't have a place at home that is conducive to the creativity bottled up inside of me. The ocean provides the environment and atmosphere I need when I write.

I’d never before dedicated four days just to be with God. I prayed, "Father, I want my writing to make a difference, so I need your words, Lord. Whatever you have for me, I’ll receive."

Although the cool evening breeze continued to blow in from the ocean, I felt warmth in my Spirit. The Lord had just confirmed His presence. My sandals scooped up the sand with one-step and deposited it with the next as I walked and waited on the Lord to speak.

After about ten paces, I stopped, faced the ocean, and closed my eyes, trying to shut out every vestige of the world. I wanted to be totally alone with God. I must have stood there motionless and quiet for what seemed like twenty minutes—but was probably only a minute or so—waiting on His response.

Then it hit me. I’d made this trip to fellowship with God, but the first thing I did was to ask for His provision. “I’m sorry, Father," I prayed. “Please forgive me. I love you, and I want to follow the writing mandate you gave me.” I spoke it from my heart and mind.

Deep from within my spirit I heard, “I know you love Me son for I look on the heart. It’s okay to ask Me for things, for I give to you the desires of your heart.” Although there was nothing wrong with asking for His provision, it seemed to me He wanted me to come to this conclusion myself by putting Him first [1].

I slowly opened my eyes and looked out over the water. I couldn’t help but thinking how the ocean was a perfect representation of God: the vastness, the greatness, the power, the depth—the awesomeness—and He’d just called me son!

DEVELOPING A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

As the wayfarer answers the call of the sea and sets sail toward the horizon, so do we answer the call of the Spirit and set sail on the boat of faith to begin and develop a relationship with God.

We soon learn that He is no respecter of persons [2]. What He does for one person, He’ll do for everyone. If we have the faith to believe that, we will please Him, for it is impossible to please God without faith [3].

In the early stages of developing a relationship with God, probably ninety percent of our prayers involve soliciting His provision for our lives or to put it more directly, we need something from Him. However, like the Father said earlier, “…It’s okay to ask Me for things…” His Word says, “…you have not, because you ask not [4],” and to “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom [5].”

AS A NEW BELIEVER

When I first asked Christ into my heart, I knew that I needed a savior. As a new believer coming from a messed up past, I was a needy person with a newfound caretaker for my life, and I quickly learned that He loved me [6]. In fact, He died for me [7], and nothing is impossible with Him [8].

Mark 11:24 declares, “…what things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.” So as I grew, I prayed for guidance, protection, deliverance, healing, financial matters, and a host of other needs. Here I was, treating God like my personal butler instead of my personal Savior. I sounded like an opera star warming up: me-me-me-me-me.

SEEKING GOD’S HANDS

When we seek God’s hands, we are at an ‘I need’ level of relationship. When we pray for His provision, we are praying for what He and His hands can do for us. What we need is to become like a little child and wean ourselves from milk to meat [9].

I came to the realization that all I was doing was ‘taking’ of His provision. God gave me the desires of my heart, but I was not giving Him the desires of His heart. Although I tried doing things for Him, for the church, and for people, I was like Martha with her many works [10]. I did not seek the good part [11]. There is a give and take in any relationship or marriage, without which, it cannot last. God understands this but He does expect us to grow [12]. Relationship is a process.

Is God’s provision all there is to a relationship with Him? Of course not. It is no different with God than with any human being. We must get to know Him by finding out what pleases Him and what He expects of us. Giving and receiving are part of what makes our relationships work—both in the natural and in the spiritual.

If we seek only God’s hands then we'll have a one-sided relationship. Although it is the Lord's pleasure to provide for us, He also wants something deeper. He wants us to know Him and to experience His love.

Let’s go to a deeper level of relationship with God and find out who He is by Seeking God’s Face.

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 Footnotes

    [1] Matthew 6:33

    [2] Acts 10:34

    [3] Hebrews 11:6

    [4] James 4:2

    [5] Luke 12:32

    [6] John 14:21

    [7] Romans 5:8

    [8] Luke 1:37

    [9] 1 Corinthians 3:2

    [10] Luke 10:40, 41

    [11] Luke 10:42

    [12] 1 Peter 2:2