Seek and Require God
Lamentations 3: 22-26 It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His tender compassions do not fail. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness. The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being; therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him. The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him. It is good that one should hope in and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
Psalm 22: 26 The poor and afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; they shall praise the Lord—they who diligently seek for, inquire of and for Him, and require Him as their greatest need. May your hearts be quickened now and forever!
In both instances, these words “seek, inquire and require God”, were written in times of great distress and ruin. In Lamentations, the destruction of Jerusalem had just occurred and King David was facing many a foe when he wrote this Psalm.
Keep Your Focus on God
Their situations were terrible and no answer or relief was in sight. Yet, they emphasized how good and merciful God really is. In all of their difficulty and destruction, they kept their focal point. That is, that if you seek and require God and inquire of the Lord, then it will be well with you and you shall eat and be satisfied.
It’s real easy to look at all the problems that we face sometimes. One of the obvious reasons is that it’s right there in our faces. We see it every day, we deal with it every day, it’s like a sore point in our lives.
Take Your Eyes Off The Problems
To seek (or search for), to inquire (or request) and to require (to have need of) the Lord by necessity takes our eyes off our problems and places them on a God who is good and who will feed us and we will be satisfied.
God, who is compassionate and faithful towards us, will stand by His word. If you are facing a situation in your life today – take your focus off of it and turn your eyes towards the Lord. Seek His face, call upon Him, require Him as necessary to life, His Word is not created to fail – He will answer your cry.
May His grace be sufficient now and always, Amen.