Seek God’s Face
Thus far we have covered the need for healing and revival in the land, and that revival comes through the people whom God has called by his name. Then we learned who God’s people are, the process for revival to come, what God says he will do if we follow that process. Then we looked at humbling ourselves and pray in depth. And now we come to step 3 in the process: seek God’s face.
When we say seek God’s face this is what we mean: God’s people must turn toward God and seek God’s presence with passion. We, as the people of God, must not do this for selfish reasons or simply to avoid difficulties or disaster, but so that we can fulfill God’s purposes and advance his kingdom. To understand this better we are going to look at two passages of scripture: 2 Chronicles 11:13-16 and Revelation 3:14-20.
The priests and Levites from all their regions throughout Israel took their stand with Rehoboam, for the Levites left their pasturelands and their possessions and went to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jeroboam and his sons refused to let them serve as priests of the LORD. Jeroboam appointed his own priests for the high places, the goat-demons, and the golden calves he had made. Those from every tribe of Israel who had determined in their hearts to seek the LORD their God followed the Levites to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the LORD, the God of their ancestors. 2 Chronicles 11:13-16 CSB
To fully understand this passage we need to have a little bit of context about it. Towards the end of Solomon’s reign over the united kingdom of Israel he began to waver in his devotion to God because of the influence of his foreign wives. It is because of this wavering in devotion that God decided to leave only a remnant of the kingdom of Israel in the hands of Solomon’s ancestors and have another man anointed king over the vast majority of the rest of the kingdom of Israel. And that man was Jeroboam, but Jeroboam decided that he did not want to follow God. Which in turn led to all the priests and Levites living in the northern kingdom (Israel) to flee to Rehoboam. Why did they do this? Very simply because they wanted to seek God and to serve him, not manmade idols. But if you will notice not only did the flee, they also left everything they owned behind. Which shows what it means to seek God’s face, and that is to put God first before anything else.
Write to the angel of the church in Laodicea: Thus says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the originator of God’s creation: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth. For you say, ‘I’m rich; I have become wealthy and need nothing,’ and you don’t realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold refined in the fire so that you may be rich, white clothes so that you may be dressed and your shameful nakedness not be exposed, and ointment to spread on your eyes so that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be zealous and repent. See! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:14-20 CSB
To understand this passage we have to understand the context of it. John opens the book that we know as Revelation with 7 letters to 7 churches in modern day Turkey. These 7 letters are from Jesus to the 7 churches. This particular letter is written to the church at Laodicea. This church clearly had a problem seeking God’s face, because we are told that they we neither cold nor hot. Which means they were lukewarm towards God. And does not want lukewarm followers. In fact there is no such thing as being lukewarm when it comes to God. You are either seeking God or you are not seeking God. That was the problem with the church at Laodicea and with many of us who claim to be followers of God. We never really sought God and as a result we have allied ourselves with those who are against God.
The question now is are you ready to start seeking God or to return to seeking God. If you are, then here is what you need to do. Pray this prayer and mean it:
Dear God, I know that my sin has separated me from you. Thank you that Jesus Christ died in my place. I ask Jesus to forgive my sin and to come into my life. Please begin to direct my life. Thank you for giving me eternal life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.