In pursuit of God’s heart.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Recently, I was pondering a question in my heart. I wanted to understand God’s heart, that I may have a clear understanding of the things that God allows, initiates and directs.
I also wanted to know more of his beautiful heart that He has for his creation.
Because in my understanding, his heart would allow me some revelation into the human heart, and the things we struggle with like doubt, fear, and unbelief.
We’ve all asked the question, why?
And that can happen with any event in our life that we don’t fully understand.
Whether it’s health, marriage, our spiritual walk, finances, or any number of other issues, we deal with on a daily basis. We must figure out how to endure.
First of all, if we’re feeling like God is silent, chances are it’s because he’s waiting on us to confess some sin. Otherwise, it’s most likely something you’re not hearing clearly. Or Satan is baiting you, making you think God’s not concerned about your hurt. This is not true.
This is where diving into the Word of God is imperative!
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
God’s power has given us everything we need for life and godliness, through our knowing the One who called us to his own glory and goodness.
2 Peter 1:3
When feeling distant from God, it’s often due to a lack of trust in God, or a disappointment you’ve experienced.
This is vitally important to understand.
Secondly, There may be something in the way. This might look different for everyone.
Sometimes we let electronic devices get in the way, I know I have. We read Facebook like the newspaper every morning, rather than going straight to scripture to guide our day with encouragement.
Sometimes we let our own selfishness get in our way. This should not be so.
Then, the main reason is because Satan wants us to be distracted from having a personal relationship with Christ.
We should first understand God’s character. That is obviously learned through reading scripture and knowing God well.
Once we get these things under control, then and only then, can we we seek God’s heart. If we don’t get these other issues under control, Satan will throw stumbling blocks at us.
We must now trust the sovereignty of God to work in and through us, on our unbelief.
We must surrender totally to God. In every area.
Chase God like you chase your dreams. Ask for wisdom, seek it hard. We’re not chasing him for anything we selfishly want. Rather, we are chasing him to know him personally, deeper and closer. As our Father.
If you found out you had a buried treasure in your back yard, you’d leave no stone unturned searching for it. This is how we search for wisdom in the things of God. The things in his heart.
My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
We must not only possess wisdom, we must follow it.
The more we trust and know God, the more intimate we are with Him.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
1 Corinthians 2:10
The closer we get to God, the more of his heart we will know.
Our hearts are the spiritual arena where our emotions and desires reside. It’s the heart that God tells us to guard with all diligence, for from it flow springs of life.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.
Finally, When we desire to walk in God’s ways, we must genuinely know Him. Just as we have come to know our friends and invested in them by sharing time, talking and walking together, we’ll also understand God better….the longer we walk with Him.
And once we find this peace in our rest in Christ’s unfailing love, the aloneness of pain and sadness will flee in the joy of God’s presence.
This is our goal!