Before we look at Fear the Lord, I need to point out something about Fear the Lord. We’re given three conditions for getting the good God has for us.
- 16 Ways To Fear the Lord
- Seek the Lord
- Do what’s right
And right away we see that part of fearing God is obeying his commandments…doing what’s right. We could make an argument that everything in the list of 16 Ways To Fear the Lord can be summarized with “do what’s right.” I won’t right now because we’ve got to move on, but I just wanted to note:
If you think you can fear the Lord without doing what is right, you’re being religious.
Let’s move on to seeking the Lord…
If you’ve been raised in the church with a similar tradition as mine, you’ve heard the term “seek the Lord.” You may even understand that term the same way I once did – “pray longer, pray louder,” and especially, “fast.”
I absorbed that definition from I saw. I don’t know if I ever studied what the Scriptures say about seeking the Lord.
I was listening to a sermon encouraging me to ‘seek the Lord’ and I thought to myself, “Do I really know what that means?”
I decided I’d better do some research and figure out what the Bible says about seeking the Lord and I discovered I only knew part of the whole.
If we think we can just say, “I’m seeking God” we’re mistaken. If we think we can just pray more and find Him, we’re deceived. If we try to earn His favor in hopes we’ll get our ways, we’re going to be disappointed.
“Now” is always the time to seek the Lord, so in the next post in this topic let’s start by examining the benefits beyond “not be wanting any good thing.”
Sow for yourselves righteousness,
reap the fruit of unfailing love,
and break up your unplowed ground;
for it is time to seek the LORD,
until he comes
and showers righteousness on you.
Hosea 10:12 (New International Version)
What do you think of when you hear “Seek the Lord.” I’d love to have your comments.