At times, we find ourselves wondering where God is. We pray and pray and it seems that no answer is forthcoming. It isn’t that God is not there; He is. However, there are times when we become so focused on our problem or focused on ourselves that we can’t see God at work. When we seek God will all our heart, we will find Him (Psalm 119:10). The key is when we seek him “with all our heart.” Deuteronomy 4:29 reiterates the same idea. It says, “You will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.”
You can’t keep one eye on your problem and one eye on God. You can’t have one foot on the world’s side of the fence and one on God’s side. You have to be “all in. You have to want it with all your heart. You need to be desperate to find him. Not desperate for Him to show up…for Isaiah 41:10 says “Do not fear, for I am with you.” He is always with us. In fact, once we become a Christian, the Holy Spirit dwells within us. Therefore, we do not need to be desperate about acquiring His presence. We already have it.
As we grow in Christ, there should be a desperate hunger to know him more and more. We should have a great desire to grow in our relationship to Him. We should have a great desire for His very presence to saturate every moment of our lives. When we earnestly and diligently seek him with all of our heart, we do so through prayer with a desire to have fellowship with him. However when we let sin creep in or when we sail through life without much thought of him, we begin to feel that he is nowhere to be found. It isn’t God that moved away. We did. Therefore, it becomes necessary for desperately seek Him. However, no matter how many times we move away from God, whenever we seek Him out with all our hearts, He has promised that we will find Him.
Seeking God is a conscious choice on our part. 1 Chronicles 22:19 tells us to “set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God.” Over in the New Testament, Colossians 3:2 tells us to “set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” We can’t seek God with all our heart and set our minds on things that are above when we allow the world to sneak in and desensitize us to sin. If we talk like the world, live like the world, dress like the world, and fall to the lies of the world, then we place obstacles between us and God. You can’t go to church on Sunday and then cuss at home or work and say you are seeking God with all your heart. When we set our mind and heart to seeking God, he will invade the areas of our lives that do not honor him. He will expose our sin and call us to repent. You can’t hang on to those old comfy sins and still seek Him with all your heart. As long as you desire the sin, then you are not desperately desiring God. When we get desperate and search for Him with all our heart, we will find Him and He will change us.