TUESDAY, JULY 18
"O God, thou art my God;
early will I seek thee:
my soul thirsteth for thee…"
SEEK AND THIRST FOR GOD AND HIS WORD
The third sign of born-again believers is they seek and thirst for God and His Word. "O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee" (Ps 63:1a), and "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby" (1 Pet 2:2). Only born-again believers are able to sincerely seek and thirst for God Himself (their Father) and His Word (their spiritual milk and food).
Many professing Christians may think that they are seeking the Lord! They faithfully go to church, attend prayer meetings, join all church activities, and reach out to others through evangelism and overseas missions; not knowing that such activities are only good if they do it for the Lord Himself according to God’s will, God’s Word and in God’s way! They may even fast and pray fervently, seeking God’s blessings upon their church, their families and their business or career. However, they are like the Jews who sought the Lord Jesus just for material blessings, but not for the Lord Himself (John 6:26). Many nowadays seek the Lord for His power to perform miracles, for His sign gifts like speaking in tongues, prophesying, having dreams and visions, for His material blessings like good health, wealth and prosperity, and for their church growth in size and number! They are deceiving themselves because they have failed to seek the Lord Himself for His will, His Truth, His guidance and His spiritual blessings. They have failed to seek "first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness" (Matt 6:33), to have a right standing acceptable to the holy God first, which is found only in Christ and His righteousness. They overemphasize God’s love to justify their compromise and unbiblical "unity" with others from all kinds of faiths, beliefs, doctrines and religions! They usually seek suitable Bible verses to support their unbiblical doctrines and practices, their ungodly worship with worldly music and entertainment, their ecumenical mindsets to have fellowship with others, but they fail to seek God and His Word sincerely and biblically to know His holiness, righteousness and "all the counsel of God" (Acts 20:27)! What about you?
THOUGHT: What will I be remembered for after I leave this earth?
PRAYER: One life to live on this earth. May I live it for you, Lord.