Not Seeking God Is Evil

October 3, 2012

God’s Word reveals to us that it is an evil thing to not set our hearts on seeking the Lord. Why? Because God who is the Creator and Ruler of the universe is worthy of being sought, loved, obeyed, and extolled. This cannot be done if we don’t hear Him, know what pleases Him, and come to know Him intimately –all of which can only be done by seeking Him. Those who know Him from afar often turn away from Him because they don’t adequately understand His ways and His character. Thus they let lies overtake their thoughts about God and their subsequent irreverence entrenches them in enmity toward God.

When a person does not set his heart on seeking the Lord, the hole in that man’s heart will cause him to seek something. And if he listens to the world and his lost friends, he will be encouraged to seek similar to what they are seeking. These are usually things like money, sex, pleasure, status, and power. However, these are pursuits of idolatry, and of course, idolatry is anti-God.

Jesus tells us that obeying God’s greatest commandment is the way to eternal life and that this commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. (Matt. 22:37,38 // Luke 10:25-28) This love is not so much an emotional love as it is a covenant of commitment and loyal obedience. This was the essence of God’s covenant with Israel (Dt. 6:1-5), and it is the foundation of ours with Him as well.

In order to love and obey God acceptably, we must seek Him. But God tells us that we find Him only when we choose to seek Him with all our being. (Dt. 4:29 // Jer. 29:13) With all our being means with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Who is seeking God like this? Hardly anyone. This is why there are so few who know God intimately. This is why there are so many who are apathetic toward God and holiness. This is why there are so many who have spiraled down to live lives of complete defiance against God and His Kingdom of Righteousness. Of them it can be said as 2 Chron. 12:14 says it of King Rehoboam: “He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the LORD.” Like him, they do evil, because in not having sought the Lord, they have no defense against the evil in the world and are thus overtaken by its idols and lies and wickedness.

But for those who hear what God’s Word is saying and are careful to take heed, they set their whole hearts on seeking the Lord, they find Him, and He makes Himself available to them –for instruction, for comfort, for companionship, for provision and protection, for insight, and for countless other blessings. –As well as for eternal life.

with love,

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