Job 5:8: “As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause,
The words of the focused verse revealed the commitment of a man. What is your own commitment? People make commitments all the time, whether they keep it or not is just a matter of time; but the commitments that comes from deep seated conviction are not easily changed.
David expressed commitment to seeking God; he was convinced he needed to do it like the Hart needs water (Psalm 42:1-2). That means he can’t help but to seek God, it was his diagnosed addiction. He had developed himself to be absolutely dependent on God.
Seeking God goes beyond trying to get a feeling. It is a wilful recognition of your total emptiness without him, and total meaninglessness of existence. You need to see it as a matter of life and death for you.
Jesus puts it this way to his disciples that if they do not abide in him and his word in them (John 15:1-10), then they will live fruitless lives. And who wants to live a fruitless life? He is the vine and we are the branches, the branch does not have an identity, except in the context of the vine. It is in relation to Jesus that we have any relevance whatsoever. If we want to achieve our potentials it will be in connection to him, if not we are going to be empty and will soon dry up. The vine has the juice and we won’t have any except in connection with him.
We need God to help us see our need of him. It is possible to be spiritually blind. That actually is what the devil works at. The bible says that he blinds the eyes of people so that the light of the gospel will not shine on them, so that they will not recognise their need for God and embrace Jesus as they should as the gift of God to us.
We need to recognise how much we need God, how much we need his help when we do then we will automatically seek him. When we recognise how hopeless we are without him then we would see him as our life. The bible says that we can draw near to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16), to find grace to help in times of need. That is what we do when we seek God. When you are blind to your real needs, or you are concluded that those needs can be met in any other way apart from in God, then you have been deceived.
Adam and Eve have the need to be supreme, having been made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28; 3). They were made supreme, made to have dominion over the birds of the air, over the fish in the sea and over the animal on the ground. But they felt they needed more, and the devil convinced them that their need can be met by eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, contrary to the word of God. That was their downfall.
Whatever sense of frustration that you have is indicative of your need for God. He is the only one who satisfies. When Jesus met the Samaritan woman who has been seeking satisfaction in numerous men she has been with (symbolised by her repeated coming to the well over a long distance for water), Jesus said that the water he would give her will satisfy her forever (John 4:1-30). That is why being saved is not a process of time but an instant encounter with Christ in which there are eternal consequences.
The water Jesus gave her will meet her deepest need for meaning and value in life, meeting her deepest need for emotional security, which are all reflective of her need to live forever. Jesus said the water she would give her will spring up to eternal life.
Form the focus verse, seeking God involves committing your course to his hand, committing your way to him. You don’t develop an agenda that he is not involved in, you don’t go on a course that he is not leading you. You don’t develop a plan that he is not the initiator, and thereafter seek him to bless it.
Adam and Eve developed a plan adopted from the devil to eat the fruit of good and evil, so as to get wisdom, and as a result, their eyes were opened and they saw that they were naked and decided to take leaves and cover themselves. God later asked them: who told you were naked?
He asked because he was meant to be their source of information, their source of direction and that is what he will be if they seek him as they should, but he was sidestepped, he was treated as not important when they listened to the devil, with great negative consequences for them.
The fruit they ate gave them another source of information, awareness and consciousness and transformation of their body into what cannot die. Before then the communication from God to them was for prosperity, righteousness and life.
The knowledge of good and evil stands for the attempt of man to be independent of God, to have another source apart from him, the source called “self.” As the name goes (fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil) some of it is actually good, but the bible says there is a way that seems good to a man but the end is destruction (Proverbs 14:12).
There are some good thing in the knowledge of good and evil, but it cannot compare to the higher life that connection with God gives us. It can’t be like the higher life in Jesus. The devil is comfortable with man walking in the knowledge of good and evil, because it doesn’t involve man having dominion over the devil. As far as the devil is concerned, you can have all the knowledge (of good and evil) you want, as long as it does not threaten his need to dominate humanity.
With the knowledge of good and evil, the devil can still carry out his stealing killing and destruction of humanity, he can still wield the power of death, and he can be the god of this world (2Corinthians 4:4). But the true knowledge of Jesus causes us to experience life in abundance, which includes dominion over the devil. And we seek him to that is what we get to experience, to have, his true knowledge, in abundant life (John 10:10).
Head knowledge does not bother the devil; it is spiritual knowledge that irks him. That is why he expends a lot of effort to blind the eyes of people so that the light of the gospel will not shine in them, to give them the true knowledge of salvation in Jesus Christ, of the deliverance and life that is in him. The devil knows that spiritual knowledge makes you liberated within (John 8:32). So he’ll rather have you chase shadows even as a Christian than embrace real spiritual truth, which you get from seeking God with all your heart. Therefore the devil wants to keep you from seeking God.
- Do not be afraid. (johnhesketh7.com)
- Doorways to deception: (ashllyslive.wordpress.com)
- Newman: the conversion of St Paul (jessicahof.wordpress.com)