Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Starting to Seek God

A pastor went to a barber shop to get a haircut and have his beard shaved. The barber and the pastor had a good conversation until they reached the topic of God's existence. "You know what? I don't believe God exists," the barber began. "If He really existed, then everyone would have been rich. Everyone will have food in his house. There will be no war. But why are there still starving people? Why are some homeless? Come on, sir. There is no God." Then the pastor replied, "What if I tell you that barbers and hair stylists don't exist?" "I'm a barber," the earlier uttered anew. The pastor asked, "Then why are there still people out there with long hair and long beard as if they haven't got a cut before?" "They are not coming to me," the barber again. The pastor cited, "That's the point! Many still suffer because they don't seek the Lord. If they seek God in faith, He will truly bless them." The barber was inspired with the conversation and believed in God.

The story above tells that everyone can actually seek God. Jeremiah 29:13 gives us an inspiring promise from the Lord. "You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. (NIV)" If we begin to seek Him, Jesus Christ will meet us in our faith. So the question is, "Where do we start seeking Him?"

All you need is to grab His Word, the Bible. It contains everything you need to build a strong relationship with the Lord. Many suggest for new Christians to read Mark or John first. I encourage you as well to buy a devotional book. A good start is Our Daily Bread. The contributor's notes there are very insightful and will inspire you to read the Scriptures listed there. Come to Him in prayer as well. He delights every time we're praying. God will answer our prayers according to His will. All we need is to wait and read the Bible. Also, try connecting with a cell group. It may come in different names (our church has its own name for it), but there everyone of you will share your thoughts about the Bible lesson being taught and will encourage one another to apply the Word to their lives. I'm proud to be part of one of them.

You see, it's not that hard to seek the Lord. All we need is to come to Him. The Lord has another promise to us if we seek Him. "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33, NKJV)"

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