Spiritual growth and maturity doesn’t happen by mistake. The Bible is full of references that tell us to “seek God”! Here are a few: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). “The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God” Psalms 14:2). “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me” (Proverbs 8:17). “But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find Him, if you search after Him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29). “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him” Lamentations 3:25. “The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing” (Psalm 34:10).
These are just a few of the many verses about the importance of “seeking God”. Seeking requires effort, intentional planning and practice. As a runner it is easy to plan out workouts, train, work on my nutrition and recovery, think about racing, research gear, and analyze the data from my runs. So what goes into your spiritual planning, training, work, thinking, research, and analyzing? I don’t think most people do much to really “think out” and “work out” their spiritual fitness. Running is something we do but spiritual growth is somewhere we have to be on Sunday mornings, Wednesdays, and it’s doing what Jesus would do in between church times right?
Earnestly seeking God can happen at worship services, small groups, and bible studies. However, don’t stop there! It’s the daily seeking that is most important. If I depended on a “weekly” race, a “weekly nap for recovery”, and a “weekly” healthy meal for my nutrition then those few things would be good but I would fall way short in where I need to be physically. There is so much more to gain from daily devotions, daily bible study, daily bible reading, daily worship, daily solo times, daily meditation, a prayer walk (long or short), fasting, or occasional spiritual retreats. Earnestly seeking God daily includes looking to see God in the events of the day both good and bad. What can God teach us and what has God done for us through the highs and lows of our day?
So many people feel distant from God. They talk about the “spiritual rut” or being on “cruise control” in their relationship with God. Can you imagine if I only saw my wife and gave her 2 to 3 quality opportunities each week of interaction? Well, sadly I think a lot of couples do face this reality with their busy schedules. A lot of marriages eventually suffer because of this. However, I have made it a priority to spend some time with my wife and my kids every day. I take the same approach to my relationship with God. I seek daily interaction with God in a multitude of different ways. The awesome thing about God is that He can be with you anywhere and at anytime. You can take a lunch break with God, a short prayer walk with God, pray in the car to and from work, use part of your workout to meditate and pray, read a chapter of the Bible here and there, turn on a worship song and praise God for a couple of minutes, etc.
By doing some planning, changing some habits, and being disciplined with your time, you can seek God and grow in your relationship with Him. Let’s face it, time is not the issue. It really is a matter of the heart. We can be lazy, lethargic, distracted, and unmotivated spiritually. I see a lot of people choose to live that way physically and emotionally as well. Change can start today. Look for a few small things to work on first and then as you get stronger spiritually you’ll be able to do more. Seek God! It’s biblical and its a commandment from Scripture. People who seek God “lack no good thing” (Psalm 34:10). A healthy mind, body, and spirit is in God’s control to give to you.