A Word from the Word

Most things in life take preparation. To become a doctor or lawyer requires many years of preparation through schooling. To serve an elegant, delicious meal requires preparation of buying ingredients, creating the atmosphere, and cooking. In many areas we are willing to put in the time and effort to prepare in order to reach our goal.

But it seems all too often we are not willing to prepare when it comes to seeking God. It is inconvenient, too time consuming, too difficult. We want the end result of peace and joy that God can bring, but we aren't willing to prepare. 

King Rehoboam was guilty of this omission as well. 2 Chronicles 12:14 says that "he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord." What a good reminder that our daily choices matter. Seeking God doesn't just happen; it is a deliberate choice. God has such good things in store for us and desires a close relationship which comes as the result of our seeking Him.

Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God.
— 1 Chronicles 22:19
…Be careful to seek out all the commandments of the Lord your God… Know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you.
— 1 Chronicles 28:8–9

Let's not forget the importance of deliberately and actively "seeking" the Lord in our daily lives. Let's choose to make time for what's most important!