by Dr. Charles Stanley
The pursuit of God through His Son Jesus is to be our highest aim. It requires an attitude of wholeheartedness, diligence, persistence, confidence, and humility. To seek Him, what actions can we take?
First, we need to study the Scriptures. A structured, on-going examination of them will cause our faith to grow and provide what we need for life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3) Next, we must maintain an active prayer life. Prayer is conversation with God—it includes both speaking and listening. Third, we are to meditate, which involves prayerful consideration of what we read in the Word. This means digesting a passage of Scripture verse by verse and asking God questions about what it means. Through the Spirit's guidance, we will gain understanding of its application to life. This process helps us absorb His truths so we can live by them.
As we assimilate scriptural principles, we gain wisdom. It becomes easier to identify where God is at work and to evaluate our circumstances in light of His character and plan. We will also recognize when we are to act. As we listen to messages based on the Bible, we will grow in the Lord. Listening includes a desire to hear, a willingness to act, and a determination not to be distracted. Lastly, we should observe how God is working in others' lives, which will benefit us as well.
God promises to reward our seeking. Sometimes we will be blessed with greater understanding, at other times with inexplicable joy. Best of all, seeking always leads to finding Him. (Jeremiah 29:13)
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